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Willie Doherty, b.1959

Incident1993

‘Incident’, together with ‘Border Incident’ by Willie Doherty, demonstrates the way our understanding of photographs is informed by the context in which they are viewed and how language supplements the image in the form of title and/or caption. Both images are large, detailed, close-ups of burnt out cars abandoned in the landscape. The straight on camera angle in the photographs adds to the sense that we are being presented with a factual description. Both works are given a political charge because of the use of the words ‘border’ and ‘incident’ in the titles, immediately evoking the violence of Northern Ireland’s recent past and suggesting that we are looking at the aftermath of conflict. However, one of the two images depicts a car that has simply been illegally dumped. Typically for Doherty’s work the signposts offered by the titles misdirect rather than guide.

MediumCibachrome mounted on aluminum
Dimensions122 x 183 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1994
EditionEdition 1/3
Item NumberIMMA.450
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Willie Doherty, Incident, 1993, Cibachrome mounted on aluminum, 122 x 183 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1994

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About the Artist

Willie Doherty b.1959

Willie Doherty is a native of 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. Nominated twice for the Turner Prize, in 1994 and 2003, his work has been the subject of many solo museum shows. In 2002 IMMA presented, ‘False Memory’, the first major solo exhibition of Doherty’s work in Ireland. Doherty represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale in 1993, 2005 and 2007. His critically acclaimed ‘Secretion’, was shown at IMMA in 2013. — View Artist »