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ENDLESS, is a film produced as part of Willie Doherty’s ongoing research into the relation between trauma and memory in post-conflict Northern Ireland. This enquiry reflects on the insidious nature of mistrust and deception in a divided community and references the recruitment of paid British agents and informers during the conflict. Doherty’s film locates these concerns against the contemporary backdrop of post-truth politics, where protocols of truth and accountability have been undermined by the normalisation of ‘alternative facts’ and the corruption of democracy, as politicians lie with impunity and without consequence. In drawing out these connections the research creates significant new perspectives and enhances understanding of the extent to which trauma, caused by unsolved, historical crimes, endures and of how discourse about the memorialisation and recounting of events from the past remains politically sensitive and contested. 

MediumSingle channel black and white video installation
Dimensions Duration: 13 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2023
Item NumberIMMA.4444
Copyright Image © the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin | For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Willie Doherty, ENDLESS, 2020, Single channel black and white video installation, Duration: 13 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2023

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Willie Doherty b.1959

Willie Doherty was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Basing much of his work around Derry he uses photography, video and sound installations to explore the fallibility of human memory and recollection. Doherty studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast, and began exhibiting internationally in the early 1980s. Doherty was nominated for the Turner Prize, in 1994 and 2003 and represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale in 1993, 2005 and 2007. His film Secretion was shown at IMMA in 2013.

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