Unboxing the collection, Mirror Reflecting Darkly: The Rita Keegan Archive is an intimate portrait of artist, archivist, educator, curator and collector Rita Keegan. The publication… Read More »New Publication – Mirror Reflecting Darkly: The Rita Keegan Archive
Rita Keegan is featured in conversation with the wonderful Charlie and Kate Boxer (Italo Deli) with stunning photographs taken by Lewis Khan, in the luxurious… Read More »Served: Rita Keegan in Luncheon Magazine, Issue 11
Rita Keegan was invited to participate on the nomination panel for Support Structures for Support Structures by Serpentine Galleries a fellowship programme initiated by Serpentine,… Read More »Support Structures for Support Structures: Serpentine Galleries
A programme of roundtables, films and interviews convened by Prof. Paul Goodwin with project curation from Rahila Haque. Rita Keegan participated in Emergence of Black… Read More »British Art Network (BAN) Annual Conference | Genealogies of Black Curating in Britain
Edited by long time friend of Rita Keegan, Mia Morris OBE and Angela Cobbinah, Black History Maker, is the inaugural edition and rebranding of the… Read More »Rita Keegan featured in Issue 1 of Black History Maker publication
In April 2021, one of Rita Keegan’s artworks titled The Hands Series went of permanent display at Goldsmiths, University of London. Rita Keegan’s The Hand… Read More »Rita Keegan’s ‘Hand Series’ Goes on Permanent Display at Goldsmiths
In March 2021, with the support of the Emily H. Tremaine Foundation, Hyperallergic published a commissioning series expanding upon the research and reporting by its… Read More »Black Feminist Archival Continuums: A Digital Remix of the Rita Keegan Archive (Project)
As a curator and visual art researcher interested in activating archives of Black art, looking into Rita Keegan and SLG’s archive presented a fresh perspective of aspects of Keegan’s life, artistic practice and her local community in South London during the pivotal UK Black Arts Movement. Undertaking this research project provided a lens to look at intersections of race, gender and family history through Keegan’s archive.
Her visitors came from around the world and it was quite a commitment for people to travel out to this 15thcentury Tudor palace in the middle of a park in southwest London. Undaunted, there were many Black artists, scholars and students who would make that trip to see Rita. I quickly understood how this feminist art library project thrived and produced new knowledge through the art of conversation and welcome in that front room, and most of this was achieved at Rita’s desk.
Trophies of Empire was a project about remembering, or more accurately about reminding and revealing. The curatorial intention was to commission artworks that reflected the legacies of Britain’s colonial exploits – its ‘trophies of empire’ – that continue to resonate in our cities and towns, as manifested for instance in street names, monuments, museum collections, or in the presence of diasporic communities from former colonies.
Trophies of Empire was a different model to the then predominant black artists’ group exhibition in that the commissions were open to any artist, a recognition that the history of colonialism and empire is a shared one.