KEEM is a collaboration between artists Kate Elliott and Emma McGarry. It was established in 2011, as an exploration into the nature of collaboration. Through methodology, ongoing discussion and debate, KEEM produces work which continuously questions subjectivity, materiality and identity.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

KEEM at the Farringdon Factory

During the month-long residency at the Farringdon Factory, KEEM have been busy working on two projects - Here I Stand for Five Minutes and Light Map. Each half of KEEM, Kate Elliott and Emma McGarry, initiated one of the two projects, both in relation to their own, independent work at the Factory. 

 Still from Here I Stand for Five Minutes © KEEM, 2013

Still from documention of Light Map © KEEM, 2013 
 Light Map 1 © KEEM, 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

Light Map

Through creating small photographic installations made out of light-sensitive paper, in Light Map KEEM document the movement of light throughout the space. By performing certain acts and movements, they play with the subtle shifts in light, exploring if and how this can be translated from three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional forms.

Light Map was made during a month-long residency at the Farringdon Factory.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Here I Stand for Five Minutes - coming soon

On Friday 13th December at 5pm KEEM will be shooting Here I Stand for Five Minutes. Click here for further information.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Farringdon Factory

The Farringdon Factory is a month long residency, curated by artists Keira Greene and Natasha Cox. During this time KEEM, along with around 20 other artists, have unlimited access to a huge, disused office space on Farringdon Street. An update on our activities to follow soon...

Press Release:
20 Farringdon Street is a seven story building in the City of London. A structure that has been stripped back to its basic form, it is a soundproofed expansive space with enormous, lengthy rooms which look out over the energy of the passing city. The hum of the building's past activities echoes in this suspended space-in-waiting. 20 Farringdon Street has six L-shaped floors, identical in dimension and vacuity. Each is a blueprint of the last - like a strip of film waiting to be exposed.

From the 25th November to 19th December, this empty space will become the Farringdon Factory, a seven story open studio complex whereby the curators and resident artists will plan live events, screenings, and installations, performances and talks.

The ground floor will be transformed into a constructed cinema, a space that encourages discursive engagement. The facade is glass fronted, and passers­‐by will encounter screenings and events as they filter down through the many levels of the building, and will be invited to become part of the project in this communal and public space. Resident artists, along with invited speakers, will present events that examine methods of research and production linked to both film-making and the temporality of the site. This curated programme will run during the residency and will seek to connect the studio practice upstairs with both visitors and the pedestrians on the street, locating the building itself as a unique site for observation. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

An excerpt from 'Ambient Notes: A Chain of Wooded Mountains' by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau

Perching, posing. Again, these angles, when you start to think about the causal chains that led you to take this exact photograph it seems so unlikely that anything could ever happen at all.

Are you really closer to the shore? Or is it the camera? These aren't questions I want answering.

I've thought about shadows and about how sometimes shiny things leave shadows of light. But they aren't shadows are they? That's just a misappropriation of the term.

(I want to address this as a sensual experience. Travel, photography, writing. Photographs are sensual anyway, the depiction of light bouncing off objects. It seems obvious when you write it down. All photography is sensual, the shining skin of the world.)

In the darkness, photographs are always the product of a battle between light sources. Which one will make its mark?

There is a separation, in these, between you as a pair. To be the subject of the photograph is to be separated off from the photographer by the camera. Space split by the shutter. You travel together, but the camera keeps you apart.

(I always thought that taking a photograph of someone in a place makes it obvious that you can't experience that place in the same way at the same time. It would be wonderful to be able to somehow forget that either of you ever travelled as individuals, because once you've left a place, you aren't there any more, but the things you saw might still be.)

In bed, or under fluorescent light; carved off spaces, like petrol stations in the night. Driving past. They spin by. Windows of trains that aren't your train. You can't see your own window, or you don't think about the glass as you look out.

The above excerpt is taken from a specially commissioned text for KEEM's publication A Chain of Wooded Mountains, written by artist and writer Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau.

We are currently trying to raise funds to publish a limited edition print-run of the book - to help us do this, whilst getting your hands on a beautiful limited edition print (all proceeds go towards publishing the book), please click here. Plus you'll then be able to read the above text in full!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Exhibition: 10x10 at Four Corners

Kate Elliott from KEEM is currently exhibiting her new work - Peter and David - as part of the 10x10 Exhibition Programme at Four Corners, Bethnal Green, London.


The Study of Peter Pan (Untitled 8) © Kate Elliott 

Click here for further information.

Exhibition Dates: 15 - 25 October
Private View: Wednesday 16 October 18.30-20.30
Artists in Conversation: Saturday 19 October 14.30-16.00 
Four Corners 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 OQN
Gallery Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 Monday to Saturday
Admission Free

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Exhibition: Night Contact

Emma McGarry from KEEM has been selected to take part in the first ever Night Contact festival taking place in Dalston, London, on the evening of 27 September 2013 from dusk until midnight.

She will be showing a single channel video of Nice at the Bird Cafe on Bradbury Street, N16 8JP.

Night Contact is London’s new Multimedia and Photography Festival and includes work by over 50 innovative artists including Augustin Rebetez, Stephen Gill, Mishka Henner, Clare Strand and Penelope Umbrico.


Click here for further details.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Exhibition: This 'Me' of Mine

Kate Elliott from KEEM is showing two pieces from her latest project The Study of Peter Pan in the exhibition This 'Me' of Mine at Ipswich Art School Gallery. The exhibition opens on 21 September 2013 and runs until 5th January 2014.

The exhibition is curated by Jane Boyer, and supported by the Arts Council, England.

 Photos from the Opening of This 'Me' of Mine at Ipswich Art School Gallery, 21 Sept 2013, © Kate Elliott

This ‘Me’ of Mine is a touring contemporary art exhibition which looks at self in relation to context. It presents issues of socialization and the influence of social groups and our connection to objects as a means to express emotion and to hold memories. The passage of time, limitations imposed by circumstance, and the effects of living in a digital age are also explored in the exhibition. 

Click here for further information.
Ipswich Art School Gallery 1 Upper High Street, Ipswich, IP1 3QH
Private View: 21 Sep 2013 2pm - 5pm
Exhibition dates: 21 Sep 2013 - 05 Jan 2014
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday - 10am to 5pm

Friday, 12 July 2013

Exhibition and Q&A: Get The Message

On Wednesday 10th July, Emma McGarry from KEEM took part in a public discussion at Camden Arts Centre with artist Adam Walker, and Programme Director at Central Saint Martins Alex Schady. 
The discussion marked the opening of an exhibition of new works by students who have taken part in the Get The Message programme at Camden Arts Centre this past year.

Public discussion, 10 July, Camden Arts Centre - photo by Hydar Dewachi

 Students on the current Get the Message programme, Camden Arts Centre - photo by Hydar Dewachi

Get the Message is a collaborative project between young people with learning disabilities, artists and teachers, and is currently being run by artists Emma Mcgarry and Adam Walker.

Click here for further information. 

Get The Message
Exhibition Dates: 9-14 July
Camden Arts Centre Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DG

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Limited Edition Prints

KEEM have released 3 images from the project A Chain of Wooded Mountains that can now be purchased as limited edition prints.

Each image is priced at £50 and is an edition of 50. Prints are signed and numbered on the reverse.

All proceeds go towards publishing KEEM's book A Chain of Wooded Mountains later this year.

To buy a print, or for any further information (inc. enquiries about having the work framed), please email us here

C-Type Photographic Print, 12x18"
Edition of 50, signed and numbered on reverse

C-Type Photographic Print, 12x16"
Edition of 50, signed and numbered on reverse

C-Type Photographic Print, 12x16"
Edition of 50, signed and numbered on reverse

Sunday, 28 April 2013

A Chain of Wooded Mountains - Publication

KEEM's first publication A Chain of Wooded Mountains has arrived back from the printers, and includes a specially commissioned text by writer Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau.

We are now looking into various options, and meeting with different print companies, before we go ahead with producing a limited edition print-run of the book.

More information coming soon...

Monday, 4 March 2013

Forthcoming Publication

Following on from the exhibition A Chain of Wooded Mountains, which took place during Photomonth 2012, KEEM have begun work on their book of the same title. This will form the third and final stage of a lengthy process of discussion, interpretation and collaboration.

We are very excited to be working with writer Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, who will be producing a text to accompany the work.

The book will be published later this year.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Bird On A Wire

In the process of editing A Chain of Wooded Mountains we were struck by these seven images, each of them different but all of the same scene. We question why this scene generated more photographs than any other in the series.

The sprawling cemeteries, and the black bird on the wire, stand out in front of us as we look down from the surrounding hills on a city that suffered the longest siege of any in the history of modern warfare.