Born in Malta and raised in Birmingham, Keith Piper studied art at Trent Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art. He was a founder member of the BLK Art Group, who mounted a series of seminal exhibitions of young Black British artists between 1980-84 under the collective title of The Pan-Afrikan Connection. Since then he has shown extensively; including solo exhibitions at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, The Camden Arts Centre, London, The Orchard Gallery, Derry and The New Museum, New York.
Piper’s initial interests in collage and print media contributed to a pioneering use of early computer technology, not only as a tool for video editing and effects but also for it’s potential interactivity, exemplified by his 1997 CDRom and website for inIVA, Relocating the Remains. Piper’s multi-screen, multi-media installations, often taking their sources from popular sources such as television, explore representations of race within history and culture. Piper lives in London and is a Reader in Fine Art and Digital Media at Middlesex University.