Willie Doherty’s work addresses problems of representation, territoriality and surveillance and the language of identity in Northern Ireland. His practice is lens-based – the addition of language either in the form of superimposed text, titles to the works or sound accompaniments to his filmworks is crucial to an understanding of his intentions. Sometimes the words appear to contradict each other, or the image they accompany, challenging the viewer to make up his or her own mind about the true meanings of the work. The ambiguities resulting from differing perspectives on the same material are at the foreground of works such as ‘Protecting/Invading’, an early piece in which the same landscape clearly has different resonances depending on which side of the political divide one identifies with.
|Medium||Black and white photograph with text|
|Dimensions||122 x 183 cm (each)|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2003|
|Out on loan||Ghosts From the Recent Past, West Wing, IMMA, 01/09/2020 - 01/03/2021|
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