The Orchard Keepers

Rooted in memories and experiences of both the Irish Aran Islands and the Sinai Peninsula’s remote mountain gardens, ‘The Orchard Keepers’ project is an artistic and anthropological investigation of an ancient horticultural tradition kept alive by the Bedouin Gabaliya of the Sinai desert. Using film and photography (see previous web pages), artist Bryony Dunne draws parallels between the Aran Islands, once considered Ireland’s ‘uncorrupted heart’ due to the unique interaction between inhabitants and the landscape, and the Bedouin’s rapport with their orchards. Dunne describes both as  ‘…fortresses, places of sanctuary and stability, patches of green floating in an unwelcoming place.

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