Keeping Pace: older women of the East End
(Women’s Library, 2003)
Keeping Pace is a beautifully designed (Eggers + Diaper) and produced publication that accompanied the exhibition Rachel Lichtenstein curated at the Women’s Library in 2003. Like the exhibition, the book celebrates the lives of elderly East London women through oral testimony, visual art and personal memorabilia including photographs of the women themselves along with images of their treasured possessions and intimate shots of the women’s homes (by photographer Lola Flash) providing a powerful visual accompaniment to the text by Rachel Lichtenstein.
The stories inside include those of: an eighty year old Yiddish actress, a Christian philanthropist, a grandmother who lives on an alternative commune and a Bangladeshi political activist. Keeping Pace challenged preconceptions with extraordinary accounts of these remarkable women’s lives.
- ‘The use of different media within the exhibition – oral history, photography, artefacts – shows us the lives of these remarkable women in full. Their treasures are laid out in glass cabinets like jewels in the Tower of London. The thrust of Lichtenstein’s exhibition would suggest that instead of looking for gurus or life coaches, we should be seeking out the wisdom that is barely contained in this room.’The New Statesman