Book Signing: Heartland / Hearthland, with Aisling Keavey
Date: Saturday 15 July
Location: The Printworks, Dublin Castle, at the artist’s table
Heartland/Hearthland is concerned with female members of the Irish diaspora living in England and is engaged with representational imagery and personal testimony from the Irish community ensuring the collective response to histories of migration. The women were photographed and interviewed about their experience of being Irish in London, their reasoning for emigrating and their thoughts about what home means to them. Interview questions were concerned with traditional ethnographic qualitative interview techniques, using unstructured interviews and prompts. The women were also interviewed about a particular object that had some significance to them and to Ireland. The women were filmed interacting with these objects, to show the haptic engagement of the subject with the object.
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About Aisling Keavey
Aisling Keavey is a London and Dublin-based photographic artist, moving-image maker, curator and writer. Keavey’s practice fuses the traditional with the contemporary and is concerned with issues of personal, collective and conflict history, the Irish Diaspora, displacement, post-colonialism, decolonisation and subversions of historical narrative, “Irishness”, collective history, issues of difference and feeling “other”.
Keavey’s current body of research themes are manifested through 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. She is concerned with creating a permanent image from an impermanent medium. She is influenced by media culture and theory, audience perception and reactions, archives, conflict history, the emigrant as “other”, the Irish experience and personal history. Her personal research practice is concerned with narratives and representations of Irish immigrant women through film and photography. Using moving image and photography, as well as archival images and interviews, she aims to subvert how Irish women are represented through film and photography. Her current project uses ethnographic interview, as well as still photography and moving image to create a representation of individual women and explore their notion of home.
Tsundoku Art Book Fair
13-16 July 2023