Aisling Keavey

Photographic artist

Artist statement

Aisling Keavey (1991) is a photographic artist, writer and curator based between London and Dublin. Her work has been exhibited in London and Dublin.

Keavey’s current practice fuses the traditional with the contemporary and is concerned with issues of personal and conflict history, collective history, the Irish Diaspora, displacement, post-colonialism, decolonisation and subversions of historical narrative.

These themes are manifested through intensive research and investigative image-based works that aim to inform the audience. By using photography and celluloid film, Keavey is preoccupied with the materiality of the image, the process through which the image is made, and informing and subverting the audience’s perception of a work. This approach considers how the physical process of the mechanical focusing of a lens and the act of making a pyhsical image through darkroom practice is used as a metaphor to relate to political history and also as a method of research and practice.

With recent projects, by using sociological methods of inquiry: interview and an ethnographic style of photographing, she endeavours to extract the locus of memory for the Diaspora and to trace their collective and personal histories through journeys undertaken.