Bryony Dunne (1984) is an  Irish visual artist and filmmaker based between Athens and Dublin. Building on her background in documentary photography and visual anthropology, she explores the relations between humanity and nature, the arbitrariness of cultural representation, the legacies of colonialism, and the fantasies of human control. Her work has received several awards and this year she was a nominee for the FOAM Paul Huf Award. She has exhibited internationally in venues such as Sharjah Biennial 13 (Istanbul), The Mosaic Rooms (London), Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Irish Film Institute (Dublin). Her current project, ‘Above the Law’, with Patrick Campbell of Nakba Film Works, received the Real Shorts Award from Screen Ireland. Her films are distributed by Videographe and the Royal Anthropological Film Institute. A recent production ‘Things Stay For a While’ screened at Rencontres Internationals for Contemporary Art and New Cinema at HKW in Berlin.  

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

2018 Arab Fund For Arts and Culture – Visual Arts Award for production of exhibition My Dear Friends at DEPO, Istanbul

2018 Screen Ireland, Real Shorts Production Award for Above the Law

2018 Irish Nomination Euroconnection for Above the Law

2018 Nominee for FOAM Paul Huf Award

2017 Travel and Training Award, Arts Council Ireland

2017 Best Director, Zawya Short Film Festival, Cairo, Egypt

2016 Best Documentary Short, Iranian Green Film Festival, Iran for The Orchard Keepers             

2016 Mophradat Artist Award

2016 Travel and Training Award, Arts Council Ireland

2015 First Prize Award, Ethnofilm International Film Festival, Rovinj, Croatia for The Orchard Keepers

2014 Second Prize, “Energy of the Truth,” Saratov International Documentary Festival, Russia for The Orchard Keepers

2013 World View Media Fund Award

SCREENINGS AND ARTIST TALKS

2018 Biennale of Western Balkans, Ioannina, Northern Greece

2018 Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

2018 Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris

2018 Labocine, April edition ‘Letters From The Field

2018 Now and After, International Video Art Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2017 Shnit International Short Film Festival

2017 Radio Telefis Eireann, RTE

2017 The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK

2017 Fastnet International Film Festival, Ireland

2017 American University in Cairo, Egypt

2017 Clermont – Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France

2017 A-DASH, Athens, Greece

2017 Zawya Short Film Festival, Cairo, Egypt

2017 Visions du Reel, media library screening, Nyon, Switzerland

2016 Irish Film Institute, Dublin

2017 Galway International Film Festival, Ireland

2016 Moldox Documentary Film Festival, Moldova

2016 Riga World Film Festival, Kino Bize, Latvia

2016 Iranian Green Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

2015 Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland

2015 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt

2015 Olhares do Mediterrâneo, Lisbon

2015 Trento Film Festival, Italy

2015 Ethnofilm Festival, Croatia

2015 Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York

2015 Dingle International Film Festival, Ireland

2015 Days of Ethnographic Film, Slovenia

2015 Goldsmiths University, Dep Visual Anthropology, London, UK

2015 P 21 Gallery, London, UK

2015 Antropofest, Prague, Czech Republic

2015 The Frontline Club, London, UK

2014 Bilbao Mountain Film Festival, Spain

2014 Festival International du film de Montagne, France

2014 Sinai Conference, Netherlands Institute in Cairo, Egypt

2014 Nour Festival of the Arts, Leighton House Museum, London, UK

2014 Banff Mountain International Film Festival, Canada

2014 Guth Gafa International Film Festival, Ireland

2014 Saratov International Film Festival, Russia

2014 The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK

2014 Ismailia International Film Festival, Ismailia, Egypt

2013 Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

SOLO EXHIBITION

2017 Amriya, Medrar Gallery for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt

2016 They Usually Lie Around a Grotto, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

GROUP

2018 6th Athens Biennale –ANTI (Peng Collective), Athens, Greece.

2018 The Truth About Fiction, The Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2017 Athens Photography Photo book Exhibition Festival, Benaki Museum, Greece

2017 Bahar, Sharjah Art Biennial 13 Tamawuj, Istanbul, Turkey

2015 Trento Photography Festival, Italy

2012 Living with World heritage in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

RESIDENCY

2017 A-Dash, Contemporary Arts Centre, Athens

2016 Hangar Art and Research Centre, Lisbon, Portugal

2013 The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

EDUCATION

2010 MA, UNESCO World Heritage Studies and Visual Anthropology, University College Dublin, Ireland

2012 NCFE, Documentary Photography, Westminster College, London, UK

2003 HND,  Stage and Interior Design, Bray Art and Design College, Wicklow, Ireland

TEACHING

2013 – 2016  Tutor of Photography, German University in Cairo, Egypt.

Member of Visual Artists Ireland.

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