Artist Duo Bibo & Brian Keeley

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Southbank Centre, The Barn GROWING TOGETHER (2021)
Community Eco Sculpture Project (2019)

The University of Aberdeen -THE SHARED HEART art exhibition (2021)
Tom McGrath Trust Maverick Award (2021)

Edinburgh Climate Festival (2021) – installation
UNFIX Festival of Performance and Ecology (2021) – experimental short film
EACH GRAIN OF SAND (2020)
Haddo Arts Festival sculpture WINTERSCHLAF (2017)
Article on Bibo & Brian Keeley by The Barn arts centre in Banchory
BEATS PER MINUTE, GoMA (2017)

Our joint practice often draws parallels between the personal lifelong vulnerability of organ transplant recipients – due to powerful immune-suppressant medication required to prevent organ rejection – and the global vulnerability of natural ecosystems. It focusses on the importance of biodiversity, the interdependence of different life forms, and feeling connected with nature.
It is informed by our shared experiences of Brian’s critical illness and heart-transplant in 2013, and the impact this life-changing experience continues to have on our lives. In recent years we have explored this in various forms, individually and collaboratively through performance, voice and sound, moving image, sculpture, installation and engagement. Our work presents insights into themes around heart transplantation which are rooted in lived experience – as opposed to the imagined narratives, which appropriate experiences of marginalised people. Life as a heart transplant recipient remains a serious lifelong health condition. It involves constant threats of rejection and infection, lifestyle changes, the dependence on a strict medication regime and clinical monitoring, as well as having to cope with hidden disability.

We have addressed these themes individually and collaboratively, including a performance with another heart transplant couple at GoMA. In 2021 a Tom McGrath Trust Maverick Award allowed us to create a short film, The Shared Light, with theatre director Susan Worsfold as consultant.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST WEBSITES:
BRIAN KEELEY www.briankeeley.wordpress.com
BIBO KEELEY www.bibokeeley.wordpress.com

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