Cumhacht an Chaisleáin | Alex Keogh at The Darkroom


Cumhacht an Chaisleáin | Alex Keogh at The Darkroom Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/12/2021 - 13/12/2021

The Darkroom




Cumhacht an Chaisleáin | A Visual Diary by Alex Keogh

Cumhacht an Chaisleáin (Power of the Castle) came into being during the time of COVID. This was the time that you could explore places that were once hidden due to the busy demands of daily life.

The silence that became a norm forced me to notice my surroundings and within the 2k limit, I got to explore the area I grew up as an adult for the first time. 

One particular place that drew me in was the remnants of a castle I had never noticed before. I felt remorse that I had not seen it before as it was within walking distance from my home. Without the sudden stillness, I may have never discovered it.

Curiosity drew me in, and when I explored the place I felt a an important connection in a time when you weren’t allowed to connect to others in the normal sense. In this abandoned space, imagined figures came to mind. The history of the space could be felt and realised in the ruins. 

In a time of isolation, I was able to find something equally isolated from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life. The Castle became a bridge to an other-worldly place of calm that I could connect to. Where I could gather my thoughts, let go, and recharge in a time of complete chaos. And most importantly, it is a place who’s lost narrative I wanted to bring back to life through my work. 

Alex Keogh is a visual artist and printmaker from Dublin, Ireland. She graduated with an Honours in Fine
Art Printmaking from the National College of Art and Design in 2020. She became a member of the Black
Church Print Studio upon receiving the 1st prize John Kelly RHA award for her high contrast yet delicate
photographic work. Her work is a study of water and its behaviour which she explores through a
combination of methods such as experimental photography and printmaking.


Cumhacht an Chaisleáin by Alex Keogh

December 1 – 13, 2021

Opening Night: Wednesday December 1, 6pm-8pm

The Darkroom

32 Brunswick Street North

Dublin 7



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