Amanda Keeley runs EXILE Books, a nomadic installation of artist tomes that will soon have a permanent home in Little Haiti in addition to its traveling projects. A former manager of Printed Matter and Yoko Ono’s studio, Keeley has applied all her practices—curator, writer, and artist—to the mission of EXILE since 2014. EXILE has traveled to galleries, museums, and fairs with modular shelving units that Keeley designed and fabricated. The minimalist shelves showcase artist books by an array of makers: local and global, renowned and obscure.
In partnership with Printed Matter’s inventory and with the support of her team, Keeley has developed strong programming throughout the city’s art world. With stints at spots like HistoryMiami, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and the Wolfsonian, EXILE presents a thematic selection of titles from its collection. They also host events for people to create work of their own, such as the Feminist Pizza Party radical zine workshop.
Keeley, whose own experimental printmaking and text works have been exhibited far and wide, has created a community for others to showcase and create (specifically, that special breed of art known as “art books”). Below, Keeley tackles some questions from SIXTY, Interrogator style.