Nancy Siesel

Happy in the Bronx
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Artistic Discipline: Film/Video
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Borough Park

Is Happy, happy? Called the loneliest elephant in the world, Happy is a 51 year old Asian elephant who has lived at the Bronx Zoo for 45 years, 16 in solitary confinement. Happy’s team of attorneys have asked the courts for her release to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, and the Bronx Zoo has fought to keep Happy on a postage stamp sized piece of land in the Bronx all the way up to the New York State Court of Appeals.

Super 8 film still by Nancy Siesel, 2022