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Stadssjamaan

Melanie Bonajo toonde tijdens de bijeenkomst Nederlandwordtanders/Live #2 Nationaal op 11 september een film over de Stadssjamaan.

In opdracht van De Appel Arts Centre maakte kunstenaar Melanie Bonajo de korte film 'Night Soil, Fake Paradise'. “People all over the world are rational in dealing with sickness or health. It is often only our cultural blinkers that prevent us from seeing their rationality. In the recent years there has been a global expansion of a ‘medicine’ called Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew of various plant infusions. Its origin springs from ancient Amazon traditions. My question is why now, what does it mean, what are the potentials and are the consequences? This film shows us glimpses of a lost world, beyond the cliche image of a culture in which people start to re-use plants as a mental, physical and spiritual medicine to find a way to reconnected with some principles lost in our Western lifestyle.

A fresh view on mental health
The hypothesis I like to bring forward is that Ayahuasca can mean for this moment in time what LSD meant for the sixties. LSD influenced the rise of a counter culture who explored new ethical systems, sexual freedom, feminism, gay liberation, the peace-movement, anarchism, environmentalism, d