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Aisling Keavey

By 8th April 2022May 13th, 2022Individuals, Artists

Aisling Keavey

Born Year, Month, Day (Location)

Aisling Keavey is a London and Dublin-based photographic artist, moving-image maker, curator and writer.

Aisling Keavey is an internationally exhibited fine artist who has developed a distinctive aesthetic through extensive practice-led research and photographic printmaking.

Keavey’s current 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”.1

Bio & Career

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 in 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. 2


Appears in

  • 2016, Immigration / Emigration, handmade artist book, unique
  • 2016, Accidental Journeys, handmade artist book, edition of 2
  • 2013, A Short Way From Here, self-published photo-book, edition of 15
  • 2013, Common History, self-published photo-book, edition of 15

Awards and honours

  • 2022, Belfast Photo Festival open submission, shortlisted, Belfast NI
  • 2021, Emerging Scholar Award, Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK
  • 2019, Research and Innovation Seed Fund for Emerging Researchers, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dublin Ireland
  • 2016,  The Old Girl’s Club Mentorship III – Shortlisted, London UK


Solo exhibitions

  • 2020, Ireland is my Hearth-land, Photo Fringe, Online
  • 2020, The Claddagh, Elbow Room, Bussey Building, London UK
  • 2016, Immigration / Emigration, Show Two, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK
  • 2016, Accidental Journeys, Liminal States, Gallery on the Corner, Battersea, London, UK
  • 2016, Accidental Journeys, Spectacle, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK
  • 2014, Photographs From Berlin, Wimbledon College of Arts Library, London, UK
  • 2013, A Short Way from Here and Common History, Colaiste Dhulaigh graduate show, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2013, A Short Way from Here, Four Degrees of Separation, The Twisted Pepper, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2012, Various portrait photographs, Homeless Gallery, D-Light Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Group exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
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  • 6
  • 7

External links & References

  1. “Artist Statement” Aisling Keavey 
  2. “Artist Statement” Aisling Keavey