Bryony Dunne is an Irish visual artist and filmmaker living and working between Wicklow (Ireland) and Athens. Building on her background in documentary photography and visual anthropology, she explores the relations between humanity and nature, the arbitrariness of cultural representation, and the fantasies of human control. She has exhibited her work at venues such as BAHAR – Istanbul’s offsite project of Sharjah Biennial 13, The Mosaic Rooms (London), The Gypsum and Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), the Irish Film Institute (Dublin) and DEPO (Istanbul), and has participated with her films at a number of International film and video festivals such as Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece), Aesthetica (UK) and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. A recent film project, Above the Law, was supported by Screen Ireland and premiered at Cork International Film Festival. In 2020 she was a recipient of a Film Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to work on her first feature film entitled Pembe about the death of the last northern white male rhinoceros. In 2021 she was selected to participate at the Jan Van Eyck academy in the Netherlands.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

2020 Film Project Award, Arts Council Ireland

2019 Visual Artist Bursary Award, Irish Arts Council

2019 Culture Ireland Award for exhibition My Dear Friends at DEPO, Istanbul

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

2018 National Geographic Storytelling Award

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, Irish Arts Council

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

2020 Online Screening of Killing the Messengers, AEMI, Dublin, Ireland

2020 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK

2020 Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival, Dublin

2020 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece

2020 Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland

2020 Anthropocene Parallax Campus, Culturgest, Lisbon

2019 Munich Film Academy, Germany

2019 Cork International Film Festival. Ireland

2019 Wild Orchards Will Overgrow Us, Hospitalfield, Scotland.

2019 A School of Images, workshop by James Bridle, Onassis Foundation, Athens

2019 Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece

2018 Biennale of Western Balkans, Ioannina, Northern Greece

2018 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin

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/ DUO EXHIBITION

2019 My Dear Friends, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

GROUP

2021 (upcoming) Urgencies, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry

2020 Etat d’Urgence d’Instatnts Poetiques (EUIP), National Botanical Garden and LeCube, Rabat, Morocco

2020 Photo London Digital, online edition

2020 The Loss and the Rest, Art Athina, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens

2019 Art Barter, Athens

2019 Through Other Eyes, NeMe, Limmasol, Cyprus

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

2021 School of Infinite Rehearsals, facilitator James Bridle, Onassis Air, Athens

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.