No Return

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Exhibition at Front International Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art of No Return, 2017, video installation other photographic works

No Return is set in a fictional future where the planet is slowly dying as a consequence of pollution and climate change. No Return extends Doherty’s interest in the relationship between landscape and memory and in working in locations that bear the traces of contested histories and narratives; some forgotten, some half remembered. Many of his works, Ghost Story (2007), Buried (2009), Remains (2013), have evolved from investigating specific places in his native Northern Ireland, as a means of meditating upon the existence of traces of past events that will not disappear, that resurface and cannot be forgotten. Doherty’s approach and process is speculative. He often takes an existing image or other information as a starting point and then proceeds to see what can be discovered or found in the location. At the same time, Doherty’s method is sensitive to the difficulties of working in a contemporary landscape that has been shaped by specific local circumstances and larger historical events.

No Return is concerned with the present rather than the past or the future. The work attempts to engage with the landscape as it looks today, as a repository of the memories of past experiences and as a witness to the ravages of socio-economic change. In looking at the present, No Return imagines and visualizes our shared apprehension about the future.

Willie Doherty works presented :

No Return, 2013, video installation
Dreams of Longing, Dreams of Regret, 2017, five framed pigment prints
Dreams of Renewal, Dreams of Annihilation 2017, triptych, framed , framed Video installation and framed pigment prints
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDortmund
Media of outputFilm
Size15 minute video installation
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2018
Event"An American City" , FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art , Cleveland - RONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, United States
Duration: 14 Jul 201830 Sep 2018

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