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Willie Doherty has been a pioneering figure in contemporary art film and photography for four decades. Exploring the relationship between landscape and memory, Doherty responds to mysterious isolated settings that conceal a troubled past. Though his primary geographic reference is Northern Ireland, and especially his native Derry – a city divided along sectarian lines during the ‘Troubles’, Doherty has trained his lens on sites of contested history elsewhere in the world, including Granada, Pennsylvania and the US/Mexico border. Studying these terrains in forensic detail, Doherty’s video and photo works reveal the impossibility of objectivity and historical truth, often using diptychs to set contradictory points of view against each other. His videos unfold slowly, sometimes combining material evidence with haunting fictional monologues that speak of shame, deception, brutality and its aftermath, as if leaking the stories contained within the landscape. Assessing how these sites appear to us now, Doherty uses powerful language and disorientating imagery to reflect on how we approach histories of trauma.

 

Willie Doherty lives and works in Donegal.

Selected Works

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Willie Doherty  Dreams of Security, Dreams of Infiltration, 2018

Willie Doherty 
Dreams of Security, Dreams of Infiltration, 2018
diptych, framed pigment print mounted on Dibond, edition of 3
107.5 x 160.5 cm / 42.3 x 63.2 in each, framed 

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Willie Doherty  Ghost Walk III, 2016

Willie Doherty 
Ghost Walk III, 2016
pigment print mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
109 x 162.5 x 5 cm / 42.9 x 64 x 2 in framed
Collection of British Government Art Collection

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Willie Doherty Ashen, Restless, 2018
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Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty Ashen, Restless, 2018

Willie Doherty
Ashen, Restless, 2018
quadriptych, framed pigment print mounted on Dibond, edition of 3
68 x 101.1 x 3.5 cm / 26.8 x 39.8 x 1.4 in each, framed
Collection of British Government Art Collection

 

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Willie Doherty  Dreams of Renewal, Dreams of Annihilation, 2017
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty  Dreams of Renewal, Dreams of Annihilation, 2017

Willie Doherty 
Dreams of Renewal, Dreams of Annihilation, 2017
triptych, framed pigment prints mounted on Dibond, edition of 3
2 prints each: 108.6 x 162 cm / 42.7 x 63.7 in each
1 print: 68.6 x 102.2 cm / 27 x 40.2 in 

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Willie Doherty ENDLESS, 2020
Willie Doherty ENDLESS, 2020
Willie Doherty ENDLESS, 2020
Willie Doherty ENDLESS, 2020
Willie Doherty ENDLESS, 2020

Willie Doherty
ENDLESS, 2020
single screen video installation, 4K Video, black and white, stereo sound, edition of 3
duration: 13 minutes

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Willie Doherty  ENDLESS I, 2020
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Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty
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Willie Doherty  ENDLESS I, 2020

Willie Doherty 
ENDLESS I, 2020
diptych, pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm, 100% Cotton, white, acid free, edition of 3
52 x 68.6 x 3 cm / 20.5 x 27 x 1.2 in each, framed

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Willie Doherty  Home (waiting), 2016

Willie Doherty 
Home (waiting), 2016
pigment print mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
71.2 x 106.6 cm / 28 x 42 in  

 

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Willie Doherty  The Amnesiac, 2014
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Willie Doherty
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Willie Doherty  The Amnesiac, 2014

Willie Doherty 
The Amnesiac, 2014
high-definition video, colour and sound, edition of 3 
duration: 10 minutes

 

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Willie Doherty  Remains (Kneecapping behind Creggan Shops), 2013

Willie Doherty 
Remains (Kneecapping behind Creggan Shops), 2013
c-print mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
123 x 163.4 x 5 cm / 48.4 x 64.3 x 2 in framed
Collection of De Pont Museum, Tilburg and Ulster Museum, Belfast

 

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Willie Doherty  REMAINS, 2013
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Willie Doherty
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Willie Doherty  REMAINS, 2013

Willie Doherty 
REMAINS, 2013
high-definition video, colour and sound
duration: 15 minutes
Collection of De Pont Museum, Tilburg; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Harvard Art Museums

 

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Willie Doherty  Secretion, 2012
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Willie Doherty
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Willie Doherty  Secretion, 2012

Willie Doherty 
Secretion, 2012
video installation, colour and sound, edition of 3
duration: 20 minutes
Collection of Sammlung Goetz, Munich and Neue Galerie, Kassel

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Willie Doherty  TO THE BORDER 

Willie Doherty 
TO THE BORDER 
A Fork In The Road
The place where Ciaran Doherty was executed in February 2010, accused of being a British informer, he was abducted two hours before his body was dumped at the side of the road.
1986 - 2012
black & white fibre photograph mounted on aluminum, edition of 3
122 x 183 cm / 48 x 72 in   
Collection of Huis Marseille, Amsterdam and Arts Council, Northern Ireland

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Willie Doherty  FLYOVER

Willie Doherty 
FLYOVER
Ghost Walk,
1985 - 2012
black and white fibre photograph mounted on aluminum, edition of 3
122 x 183 cm / 48 x 72 in   

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Willie Doherty  Re-run, 2002
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Willie Doherty
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Willie Doherty  Re-run, 2002

Willie Doherty 
Re-run, 2002
double screen video projection installation, colourcolour
duration: 30 minutes
Collection of TATE, London

 

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Willie Doherty  The Only Good One is a Dead One, 1993
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Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty  The Only Good One is a Dead One, 1993

Willie Doherty 
The Only Good One is a Dead One, 1993
double screen video projection installation, colour
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art

 

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Willie Doherty  Remote Control, 1992

Willie Doherty 
Remote Control, 1992
black and white photograph with text mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
121.9 x 182.9 cm / 48 x 72 in  
Collection of TATE, London

 

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Willie Doherty  Shifting Ground (The Walls, Derry), 1991

Willie Doherty 
Shifting Ground (The Walls, Derry), 1991
black and white photograph with text mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
121.9 x 182.9 cm / 48 x 72 in  

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Willie Doherty  Native Disorders I, 1991
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty  Native Disorders I, 1991

Willie Doherty 
Native Disorders I, 1991
c-type photograph with text mounted on masonite, edition of 3
114.3 x 152.4 cm / 45 x 60 in 

 

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Willie Doherty  Dreams of Security, Dreams of Infiltration, 2018

Willie Doherty 
Dreams of Security, Dreams of Infiltration, 2018
diptych, framed pigment print mounted on Dibond, edition of 3
107.5 x 160.5 cm / 42.3 x 63.2 in each, framed 

Willie Doherty  Ghost Walk III, 2016

Willie Doherty 
Ghost Walk III, 2016
pigment print mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
109 x 162.5 x 5 cm / 42.9 x 64 x 2 in framed
Collection of British Government Art Collection

Willie Doherty Ashen, Restless, 2018

Willie Doherty
Ashen, Restless, 2018
quadriptych, framed pigment print mounted on Dibond, edition of 3
68 x 101.1 x 3.5 cm / 26.8 x 39.8 x 1.4 in each, framed
Collection of British Government Art Collection

 

Willie Doherty  Dreams of Renewal, Dreams of Annihilation, 2017

Willie Doherty 
Dreams of Renewal, Dreams of Annihilation, 2017
triptych, framed pigment prints mounted on Dibond, edition of 3
2 prints each: 108.6 x 162 cm / 42.7 x 63.7 in each
1 print: 68.6 x 102.2 cm / 27 x 40.2 in 

Willie Doherty ENDLESS, 2020

Willie Doherty
ENDLESS, 2020
single screen video installation, 4K Video, black and white, stereo sound, edition of 3
duration: 13 minutes

Willie Doherty  ENDLESS I, 2020

Willie Doherty 
ENDLESS I, 2020
diptych, pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm, 100% Cotton, white, acid free, edition of 3
52 x 68.6 x 3 cm / 20.5 x 27 x 1.2 in each, framed

Willie Doherty  Home (waiting), 2016

Willie Doherty 
Home (waiting), 2016
pigment print mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
71.2 x 106.6 cm / 28 x 42 in  

 

Willie Doherty  The Amnesiac, 2014

Willie Doherty 
The Amnesiac, 2014
high-definition video, colour and sound, edition of 3 
duration: 10 minutes

 

Willie Doherty  Remains (Kneecapping behind Creggan Shops), 2013

Willie Doherty 
Remains (Kneecapping behind Creggan Shops), 2013
c-print mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
123 x 163.4 x 5 cm / 48.4 x 64.3 x 2 in framed
Collection of De Pont Museum, Tilburg and Ulster Museum, Belfast

 

Willie Doherty  REMAINS, 2013

Willie Doherty 
REMAINS, 2013
high-definition video, colour and sound
duration: 15 minutes
Collection of De Pont Museum, Tilburg; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Harvard Art Museums

 

Willie Doherty  Secretion, 2012

Willie Doherty 
Secretion, 2012
video installation, colour and sound, edition of 3
duration: 20 minutes
Collection of Sammlung Goetz, Munich and Neue Galerie, Kassel

Willie Doherty  TO THE BORDER 

Willie Doherty 
TO THE BORDER 
A Fork In The Road
The place where Ciaran Doherty was executed in February 2010, accused of being a British informer, he was abducted two hours before his body was dumped at the side of the road.
1986 - 2012
black & white fibre photograph mounted on aluminum, edition of 3
122 x 183 cm / 48 x 72 in   
Collection of Huis Marseille, Amsterdam and Arts Council, Northern Ireland

Willie Doherty  FLYOVER

Willie Doherty 
FLYOVER
Ghost Walk,
1985 - 2012
black and white fibre photograph mounted on aluminum, edition of 3
122 x 183 cm / 48 x 72 in   

Willie Doherty  Re-run, 2002

Willie Doherty 
Re-run, 2002
double screen video projection installation, colourcolour
duration: 30 minutes
Collection of TATE, London

 

Willie Doherty  The Only Good One is a Dead One, 1993

Willie Doherty 
The Only Good One is a Dead One, 1993
double screen video projection installation, colour
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art

 

Willie Doherty  Remote Control, 1992

Willie Doherty 
Remote Control, 1992
black and white photograph with text mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
121.9 x 182.9 cm / 48 x 72 in  
Collection of TATE, London

 

Willie Doherty  Shifting Ground (The Walls, Derry), 1991

Willie Doherty 
Shifting Ground (The Walls, Derry), 1991
black and white photograph with text mounted on aluminium, edition of 3
121.9 x 182.9 cm / 48 x 72 in  

Willie Doherty  Native Disorders I, 1991

Willie Doherty 
Native Disorders I, 1991
c-type photograph with text mounted on masonite, edition of 3
114.3 x 152.4 cm / 45 x 60 in 

 

Re-Run, 2003
Turner Prize, TATE

Re-Run, 2003
Turner Prize, TATE

Willie Doherty has exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums, including the CAM Gulbenkian, Lisbon; De Pont Museum, Tilburg; SMK, Copenhagen; Fruitmarket, Edinburgh; Tate, London; Dallas Museum of Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel; Kunsthalle Bern; Kunstverein München; Kunstverein Hamburg and the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena, Italy (2020) travelling to Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2021); a billboard project in conjunction with Void, Derry (2021); Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2017) and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016). Doherty was nominated twice for the Turner Prize and has participated in major international exhibitions including Documenta, Manifesta, the Carnegie International, FRONT International Cleveland Triennial and the Venice, São Paulo and Istanbul biennales.

Documenta 13, 2012
 

Documenta 13, 2012
 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Willie Doherty Home, 2016
Willie Doherty Home, 2016
Willie Doherty Home, 2016
Willie Doherty Home, 2016
Willie Doherty Home, 2016
Willie Doherty Home, 2016

Willie Doherty
Home, 2016
Villa Merkel, Germany
 

Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015
Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015
Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015
Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015
Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015
Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015
Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015

Willie Dohery
Again and Again, 2015
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, CAM, Lisbon

Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014
Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014 
Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014 
Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014 
Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014 
Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014 
Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014

Willie Doherty
UNSEEN, 2014
Museum De Pont, Tilburg

Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011
Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011
Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011
Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011
Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011
Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011
Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011

Willie Doherty
Disturbance, 2011
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne / Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Willie Doherty Requisite Distance, 2009
Willie Doherty Requisite Distance, 2009
Willie Doherty Requisite Distance, 2009
Willie Doherty Requisite Distance, 2009
Willie Doherty Requisite Distance, 2009

Willie Doherty
Requisite Distance, 2009
Dallas Museum of Art, USA

Willie Doherty Buried, 2009
Willie Doherty Buried, 2009
Willie Doherty Buried, 2009
Willie Doherty Buried, 2009
Willie Doherty Buried, 2009

Willie Doherty
Buried, 2009
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh 

Willie Doherty Home, 2016

Willie Doherty
Home, 2016
Villa Merkel, Germany
 

Willie Dohery Again and Again, 2015

Willie Dohery
Again and Again, 2015
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, CAM, Lisbon

Willie Doherty UNSEEN, 2014

Willie Doherty
UNSEEN, 2014
Museum De Pont, Tilburg

Willie Doherty Disturbance, 2011

Willie Doherty
Disturbance, 2011
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne / Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Willie Doherty Requisite Distance, 2009

Willie Doherty
Requisite Distance, 2009
Dallas Museum of Art, USA

Willie Doherty Buried, 2009

Willie Doherty
Buried, 2009
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh