Horniman Museum and Gardens
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Sunday, October 10, 2021
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
Horniman Museum and Gardens

What songs might extinct and endangered birds might sing? How can we hear their stories and what does their representation in the Museum hide and reveal?

Falling Birds by Helena Hunter features larger-than-life X-ray images of extinct and endangered bird specimens from the Horniman’s Natural History collection with fragments of poetic text that are displayed alongside the birds. In the display, poetry functions as a method to transform conventional modes of representation and encounter, to imagine alternative forms of address and textual interpretation in the museum context. Writing from different subject positions and perspectives, Falling Birds points to the historical implication of museum collections and human interaction in the extinct and endangered lives of birds.

Falling Birds was developed during Helena Hunter’s Artquest Research Residency at the Horniman. To find out more about Helena’s work visit her website and Instagram page

The artworks are on display in the Horniman’s Natural History Gallery from 19 Sep 2020 to 10 Oct 2021. Entry to the Horniman, and to see the work, is free, visitors need to pre-book a timed slot via the website to enter the Museum.