Ghost Story: Venice at Farmleigh: Works by Willie Doherty and Gerard Byrne from the Venice Biennale

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

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Ireland's ground-breaking 2007 Venice Biennale exhibition, featuring the work of Derry's own Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty, is to go on exhibition in Dublin next month.

’Venice at Farmleigh’ opens at Dublin’s Farmleigh Gallery on Wednesday, March 5 and will run until Sunday, May 4.

The film installations exhibited by both Doherty and renowned Dublin artist Gerard Byrne in Venice will be shown together for the first time in Ireland, after the Ireland and Northern Ireland Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007 were located in the same building for the first time.

For ‘Venice at Farmleigh’, Willie Doherty will present his critically acclaimed video work 'Ghost Story', a new piece commissioned with Northern Ireland Venice Biennale Commissioner Hugh Mulholland specifically for Venice. In the work, a narrator pieces together images from disparate memories, dreams and premonitions, trying unsuccessfully to order them and understand them. This work was shot and produced in the North and brings together a crew of skilled professionals including the cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and featuring a voice-over by Northern Irish film actor, Stephen Rea.

As Northern Ireland's highest profile international visual artist, Willie Doherty has become an established name in the international contemporary art scene. He first came to prominence in the 1980s when he exhibited a series of powerful photographic works accompanied by text. These works, like all his subsequent photographic and video work, explore the complexities of living in a divided community.

Much of his work refers to an undercurrent of fear, oppression and uncertainty that for many was a daily experience of life in the North during the 'Troubles'. Doherty has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize, in 1994 and again in 2003, and has represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1993, Great Britain at the So Paulo Art Biennial in 2003 and Northern Ireland at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He continues to live and work here in the city.


This historic joint participation in the Venice Biennale was funded through Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaon alongside the British Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The exhibition begins on Thursday, March 6 and will run until May 4, from 10am-5.30pm, Thursday till Sunday. For more information, see:
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherFarmleigh Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventVenice at Farmleigh: Works by Willie Doherty and Gerard Byrne from the Venice Biennale, Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin - Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 6 Mar 20084 May 2008

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