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Heartland / Hearthland
Aisling Keavey

Heartland / Hearthland, Aisling Keavey

Heartland / Hearthland,
Aisling KeaveyHeartland / Hearthland
Aisling Keavey


Edition of 50
80 pages
200 x 250 mm
ISBN Not Available


This project 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.

About the Artist
Aisling Keavey (b. 1991) is a photographic artist, moving-image maker, curator, and writer from Dublin, Ireland. Currently based in London, she is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology’s MRes course in Photography, in which she reflected on the representation of Irish women in Britain post the Good Friday Agreement, and also Wimbledon College of ArtsBA course in Fine Art Print and Time-Based Media.

She has an intensely research-based practice, which spans photography, archival material, writing, and moving image. Her work focuses on the migration of women from Ireland to the UK, using ethnographic interviews, photography, and moving image to connect histories of migration with the contemporary.