Matthew Nicholas Keenan
I am an artist and photographer currently living and working in Cardiff, South Wales. Before returning to education age 30 I worked principally as a carpenter and a labourer in Wigan, Greater Manchester, a town in the North of England where I found it increasingly difficult to express myself.
The current obsession with selfies is an important starting point to my practice, this has developed into using self-portraiture to question society and the media’s influence on our lives. The overarching themes of the work are performance, male identity and politics. These topics are informed by my personal experience and working life and continually question sexuality and the role I was playing to my peers.