Bring Them Back Alive / 2016 / 7″

Bring Them Back Alive explores the advancement of the colonial project with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 — wherein flora, fauna and human beings were uprooted and transferred across multiple continents — and highlights a sinister, even surreal, pattern of domination. Found footage and photographs of botanical and zoological gardens, natural history museums and world fairs are intricately woven with the artist’s own photographic series on Egypt’s 125-year-old Giza Zoo, in addition to her forthcoming film about the world’s last male Northern White Rhinoceros.

The video was presented as part of Dunne’s solo exhibition They Usually Lie Around a Grotto at Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery in October 2016. This version of the work features an original score by Egyptian sound artist Asem Tag.

Made with kind support from Hangar Art and Research Centre, Lisbon and the Irish Arts Council.


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