Willie Doherty, Secretion

The Annex, IMMA @ NCH Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

21 May - 1 September 2013

Willie Doherty

video installation
HD video projector, Blu-Ray player, stereo amplifier, two speakers, High definition video, colour and sound
duration: 20 mins


IMMA presents the haunting film work Secretion, 2012, by leading Derry-born artist Willie Doherty in the Annex space at Earlsfort Terrace. First shown to critical acclaim at dOCUMENTA 13, this site-specific film installation draws on the possibilities of lost and forgotten narratives located somewhere between recent history and a near future. Shot on location in and around Kassel, Germany, the powerful narrative at times presents echoes of Doherty’s previous work Ghost Story, 2007, pulling personal histories and experience to the foreground of the Kassel landscape. This same landscape served as the backdrop of much of the folklore collected by the Brothers Grimm while they lived and worked in Kassel. Secretion is a new direction for the artist and attempts to engage, not only with the landscape as it looks today, but also as a repository of the memories of past experiences and our apprehension about the future. In 2002 IMMA presented, False Memory, the first major solo exhibition of Doherty’s work in Ireland.

The exhibition is curated by Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, assisted by Séamus McCormack, Exhibitions, IMMA.


Artist Talk + Conversation | Willie Doherty
Thursday 20 June, 5.30pm
Lecture Room, IMMA @ NCH
Willie Doherty presents a talk on the conception and making of his film Secretion. This is followed by a chaired discussion with Declan Long (Lecturer, Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD) exploring how the artist utilises inherent qualities of film to reveal hidden histories and perceptions of a place and site.


Discussion | Turner Prize 2013
In the context of showing Secretion by Willie Doherty, twice nominee for the Turner Prize, this year hosted in Derry (Capital of Culture, 2013); prize judge Declan Long and others discuss the history and cultural context surrounding this coveted art prize, and examine its significance in generating public and media interest in developments in contemporary art. This event is in collaboration with MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD.

Booking is essential for talks and lectures. Free tickets are available online at www.imma.ie/talksandlectures. 

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