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Willie Doherty, b.1959

Sometimes I Imagine it’s My Turn1998

Point of view is central to Doherty’s work. This is evident in ‘Sometimes I imagine it’s my turn’, a video installation from 1998 in which a handheld camera brings us ever closer to an unidentified body, lying in the undergrowth. The sound accompaniment is limited to the noise of birds and a helicopter overhead. The sequence is interrupted intermittently, by inserts of television clips, suggesting actual news coverage. No link between the news reports and the body on the ground is made directly, but the difference between news coverage of events like this and our perception of this one, through the eye of the unidentified cameraman, heightens the sense of ambiguity and unease. The viewer must draw his or her own conclusions from the evidence offered.”

Duration Dimensions variable Duration: 3 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2003
EditionEdition 2/3
Item NumberIMMA.1620
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Willie Doherty, Sometimes I Imagine it’s My Turn, 1998, Video, Dimensions variable Duration: 3 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2003

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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