Arrivants: Marianne Keating

Marianne Keating - Landlessness (2017) - dual screen video installation - installation view
Marianne Keating (Ireland) – Landlessness (2017), dual screen video installation – – photograph courtesy of the artist

Born: Co. Tipperary, Ireland. 1980; Based in London, U.K.

Marianne Keating is a PhD candidate in Visual & Material Culture and Contemporary Art Practice at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London, UK. (2016 – 2020). She graduated with an MA in Fine Art Print from the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2013) and BA in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland (2002). She has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Melbourne and Shanghai. Upcoming exhibitions include South London Gallery, UK (2018) and Crawford Art Gallery, Ireland (2019).Her recent exhibitions include Between us and, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. (2018), Landlessness (2017), StudioRCA, London; Unstable Monuments (2016), Cornwall, UK, Ghost in the Machine (In Search of Trevor Owen), Beach House, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Galway Arts Centre, Ireland (2014). She has received numerous awards including Culture Ireland Award (2018, 2011, 2010); Irish Arts Council Travel & Mobility Award (2017, 2012, 2011 & 2007); The Beach House Residency Award, Montego Bay, Jamaica (2015 & 2013); Royal Academy, London, Fellowship Award (2013) and Embassy Tea Gallery London, Graduate Award (2013). And has participated in residencies in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Paris, France; Bristol, UK; Berlin, Germany and New York, USA.

Marianne Keating (Ireland) – Landlessness (2017), dual screen video installation – – photograph courtesy of the artist

Artist’s Statement

Filmed on location in Ireland and Jamaica, Landlessness (2017), analyses the largely undocumented and unaddressed migration of the Irish diaspora to Jamaica, responding to the cultural legacies of colonialism and the human consequences of imperialism.

Focussing on the migration of Irish Indentured Labourers during the period 1835-1842, it traces the path taken by a group of indentured labourers from their recruitment in Ireland to their final destination on the plantation of Freeman’s Hall Estate, Trelawney on the North Coast of Jamaica.

The script is based on records found in the National Archives in Ireland, England and Jamaica. In the form of expanded conversations, it documents this migration through the recovered textual traces, which previously had been consigned to disappear within the archives. This, in turn, allows us to question that has been remembered and that which has been forgotten, the nature of how this information has been recorded for and for whom – in an attempt to determine new historical narratives and return a voice, which once was rendered mute.


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