Bryony Dunne (1984) is an Irish artist and filmmaker based between Athens and Dublin. Building on her background in documentary photography and visual anthropology, she explores the intricate relationships between humanity and the natural world. Botanical, zoological constructs and colonial backdrops deeply inspire her work.

Dunne’s work has been exhibited at places such as the Irish Film Institute, London’s Mosaic Rooms, Goldsmiths University, Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery, The Gypsum Gallery, Sharjah Art Biennial 13 and Athens Photography Festival in the Benaki Museum, with a recent solo exhibition Amriya (2017), supported by the Irish embassy at the Medrar Gallery for Contemporary Art in Cairo. Her films have gone on to receive several awards and are distributed by Videographe in Montreal and the Royal Anthropological Film Institute in London. Her latest film Above the Law (2018) was selected as Ireland’s official nomination for Euroconnection held at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival  and her photography work has been put forward for nomination for the prestigious FOAM Paul Huf Award 2018. She is currently working on her first feature-length film, entitled Pembe (Swahili for “horn”), about the world’s last male northern white rhinoceros with Kennedy Productions (IRL).

 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

2018 Irish Nomination Euroconnection for Above the Law

2018 Nominated 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 and Drama Film Festival, Russia for

The Orchard Keepers

2013 World View Media Fund Award

SCREENINGS AND ARTIST TALKS

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 The Truth About Fiction, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2017 Athens Photography 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, Spatial and Interior Design, Bray Art and Design College, Wicklow, Ireland

TEACHING

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

self portrait