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Willie Doherty, b.1959


Doherty’s work deals with the images of the landscape which surround us, often these images are constructed or staged by tourist boards and in advertisements where the landscape provides a backdrop. The fact that these images are taken by people who do not necessarily inhabit that landscape, such as photojournalists, and that this constructed depiction of the landscape is often imbued with a romantic or poetic notion which we seem all too eager to indulge is something which Doherty explores throughout his practice.

MediumColour photographs with text (2 panels)
Dimensions 76 x 102 cm (each)
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by Dorothy Walker, 1991
Item NumberIMMA.7
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Willie Doherty, Longing/Lamenting, 1987, Colour photographs with text (2 panels), 76 x 102 cm (each), Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by Dorothy Walker, 1991

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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