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Aye up

September 16, 2008

Hello and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a documentary photographer and writer from Manchester in the UK. You can email me at: david@dunni.co.uk or watch a short film or three here on vimeo and you can read my own publications here at Issuu. 

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Impulsive

September 19, 2017

It’s time for a new edition and new venue of the arts workshop/salon/happening I sometimes contribute to by way of a video. This time, my video Star Spangled Burger will be getting its world premiere (well if you don’t count me putting it on here and FaceBook and stuff). Your £5 entrance fee will all go to Forever Manchester and in return you will hopefully be entertained, educated and feel just that little bit more erudite than you did before.

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Exhibit #3

September 15, 2017

It’s your last chance to see the exhibition ‘Republic of Brexitopia’ at the Espacio Gallery in London, which includes my War Memorial. Here’s my disembodied hand wiping the dust of the battlefield off one of the three panels. The exhibition closes on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7pm.

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Exhibit #2

September 6, 2017

Brexitopia War memorial leaflet.inddThe Republic of Brexitopia exhibition (see my earlier post) opens today (6 September 2017 – and you’ve got ten days to go and see it (gallery closed on Mondays). “So, Dave” I hear you asking – “What’s this war memorial you’ve done for it?” I’m glad you asked that – here’s a leaflet that explains some if not all.

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Exhibit #1: Republic of Brexitopia

September 5, 2017

Brexitopia leaflet smallI’m taking part in a group exhibition at Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green, London, from 6 to 16 September 2017, organised by Degrees of Freedom. The Republic of Brexitopia: Signals from an imagined future is an exhibition about an imaginary country of the near future, and asks an international group of artists (I’m playing for the home side) to examine the form it might take and the forces that might shape it.

My contribution is a War memorial – for after all, the Brexitopians (like the British) are obsessed with the (Second World) War, or rather a fictional version of it, half  remembered from old films. The War is used as a lazy metaphor for everything from football to Brexit. Cuts are packaged as “austerity” and we are urged to “Keep Calm And Carry On”. So before any shots have been fired, we better have a war memorial. Three Polished granite panels turn out to be plastic and the names engraved upon them are not casualties, but the cast lists of British war films.

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Each film is from a different decade and about a different service: 1940s: ‘In Which We Serve’ (Royal Navy); 1950s: ‘Dunkirk’ (British Army) and the 1960s ‘Battle of Britain’ (Royal Air Force).
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You can download a pdf leaflet about my war memorial here and there’s a catalogue, leaflets, press release etc. to go with the exhibition here. If you’re in London while the exhibition’s on here’s where it is….

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Moving statues

September 5, 2017

The new issue of Now Then Manchester (Issue 46) carries some photographs and a piece about how Manchester has got one new statue and lost one (not so) old one…

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Star Spangled Burger

July 4, 2017

The Fourth of July seems a good day to upload a new video, ‘Star Spangled Burger’ – it’s a companion piece to Flag of Concealment which I made earlier this year.

A lot of my stuff is related to other things I’ve done, which is either a case of mining a rich theme (sic) or flogging a dead horse – but over time I can see how interests and ideas develop and one thing begets another. Anyway – enough of the self analysis on onto the back catalogue…

Trouble With Icons CoverThe new video uses footage I took a few years ago in Washington DC, of the Marine Corps Monument and a McDonalds drive-through. At the time I was getting material related to three projects. Firstly, ‘A White Flag on the Moon’ – a booklet [read the pdf here] about the use of the Stars and Stripes in art, which got me interested in Joe Rosenthal’s famous Iwo Jima photograph (which the Marine Corps monument is based on) and to make a video documentary with Cat Gregory ‘The Trouble With Icons’ – about how the photograph was pressed into service after 9/11.

YummierSecondly, whilst in Washington I to see the original Star Spangled Banner and the ‘Enola Gay’ – the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I’d written a couple of articles about how photography (or the lack of it) had influenced how this event was understood ‘Picturing Armageddon #1’ and ‘Picturing Armageddon #2’ which themselves came from an background piece to an exhibition I’d seen at The Open Eye Gallery ‘Strangely Familiar’. Lastly (if you’re still following) the footage of the flag fluttering over the McDonalds drive-through was taken in case it could be used in the off/on project about fast-food-as-a-metaphor-for-something-another that is ‘Yum’ (a little book) and ‘Yummier’ (a pile of fake Polaroids).

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Engels rides again

July 3, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 17.31.55My two part article running in the June and July editions of on-line magazine Now Then Manchester, have been picked up by The Meteor – Manchester’s alternative media – You can read the first part here.