Willie Doherty, Home

14 February – 24 April 2016

Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany

Willie Doherty
Home (waiting), 2016
pigment print
71.2 x 106.6 cm

In addition to a selection of recent video works, including "The Amnesiac" (2014), "Remains" (2013) and "Buried" (2009) the exhibition will present a new video work, which will be on view at Villa Merkel for the first time. The exhibition will also include a number of new photographic works and a selection of works from the recent past.


These latest works will continue Doherty’s meditations, in video and photography, on the changing political landscape of Northern Ireland. Doherty examines the borders between the present and the past and between reality and memory. Doherty’s use of the camera reveals his interest for surveillance technologies on the one hand and his concern with the tradition of romantic landscape on the other.


Our attention shifts from day to night and from urban areas to natural sites, from panorama to close-up. The camera seems to wander from the familiar path and to lead us into blind alleys or dead spaces.


Between the opposing poles of authenticity and fiction, Doherty's videos explore the possibilities and conditions of the filmic apparatus, drawing on genres including the action film, the auteur film, and documentary. He also uses a technique comparable to that of crime novels: increasing the indistinguishability between a concrete threat and a mental state, the fear of nothing, the fear of the indefinite. Narrative structures and possibilities of interpretation remain unsettled. Willie Doherty‘s photographs and videos force us to deal with the fact that we can no longer trust the image.

We would like to thank Alexander and Bonin, New York, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin for their generous support.

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