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Seeds From The Zoo (2016) is a self-published photo book that includes a selection of images — some of which were included in the Townhouse Gallery exhibition They Usually Lie Around A Grotto — taken over a two-year period in Cairo’s Giza Zoo. The book contains 48 images as well as texts by Townhouse curator Sara El Adl, writer Elle Kurancid and photojournalist Hamada Elrasam.
The book comes in three colour covers and was printed and bound in Egypt.
Text in Arabic and English.
Reference copies available at SALT Istanbul, Contemporary Image Collective Cairo, Townhouse Gallery Gallery Cairo and the Hellenic Centre for Photography.
Exhibited at Athens Photo festival in Benaki Museum July 2017.
Bryony Dunne (1984) is an Irish artist and filmmaker based between Athens and Dublin. Dunne lived and worked in Cairo for four years before relocating to Athens. 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, HKW Berlin, The Gypsum Gallery and Sharjah Art Biennial 13. 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. She is currently working on her first feature-length film, entitled Pembe (Swahili for “horn”), who was the sole male of the world’s three remaining Northern White Rhinos when he died in March 2018.