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Messengers from The Sky Only Welcomes Those with Wings
22 x 22 cm Framed
Edition of 3
€5000 Full Set of 8 (includes 13.5% VAT)
Messengers features migratory birds entangled in mist nets on the remote Greek island of Antikythera, a key stopover location in the avian flyway between Europe and Africa. Upon capture, the ornithological method known as “bird ringing” is used to collect the biometric data of each winged subject before they’re outfitted with metal identification tags and ultimately set free. With the apparent aim of extracting data of scientific value, this process thrusts the birds into the role of “messengers” of environmental changes and hardships. The aesthetic and poetic possibilities present in these portraits attempt to convey the complexity of the bittersweet reality that unfolds on Antikythera, where the scientists and volunteers who steward this methodology profess their lifelong passion for the species they study. While their compositional framing evokes museum-style taxidermy, the awkward poses of their subjects allude to and question the impositions of human made systems of classification, categorisation and control over the natural world.
Bryony Dunne is an Irish visual artist and filmmaker who operates at the intersection of documentary film, sculpture, photography, and the natural world. Building interconnected narratives that often incorporate fact-based fictions and speculative futures, her research-driven projects explore the power dynamics between humanity and nature as well as fantasies of human control. Her work has been exhibited at the Mosaic Rooms (London), Gypsum and Townhouse galleries (Cairo), the Irish Film Institute (Dublin), and DEPO (Istanbul), among other venues. She has participated in a number of international film and video festivals, including the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece), Cork International Film Festival (Ireland), and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. She was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht during the 2021–2022 cycle and is currently undertaking a research fellowship for a new film with Onassis Air in Athens.
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