Born in Washington, DC, 1957. Resided abroad for many years in Jordan, Mali, Uganda, Greece, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.
ART STATEMENT: Chris Keeley, Washington, D.C.
Keeley's photographs, which deal with the many facets of obsession, speak to the internal search many individuals undergo during the lifelong quest for meaning and self-awareness.
Capturing pain, longing, torment, despair, hope, and love within the faces and forms of his images, Keeley draws on his own inner obsessive quest for knowledge as inspiration. His images are unsympathetic, and communicate the inner emotional trauma of the homeless, the addicted, and of the lonely, as well as pride and the strength of human bonding experienced by addicts in recovery.
By revealing the essence of his subjects, the works magnify with often unsettling clarity the pain of discovery, joy of friendships born of pain, or turmoil of new journeys that resound within each person. Through these poignant images he challenges the viewer to look within one's own heart, to question, affirm, accept, or reject, leaving one with valuable insights into our own places in humanity.