Remains: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract

Group Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums which exhibited Willie Dohertyʼs video installation Remains (2013)

Remains is situated in the landscape and streets of Derry, Northern Ireland where an uneasy peace is often disrupted by incidents of violence that seem like inexplicable remnants from the past.

Against this backdrop, the camera moves through the streets of the town and its surrounding landscape in a sequence of long tracking shots accompanied by a voiceover. Through the narration the tempo of the work shifts from a study of normality to a series of interruptions where the everyday is pierced by the intrusion of incidents of threat and violence. The work speculates on the origins of the specific incidents that we encounter and concludes with a dramatic sequence of a burning car abandoned within the landscape. An image remembered from the past that erupts in the present with the quality of a vivid hallucination.

Remains is developed out of a body of work that meditates upon the existence of traces of past events that will not disappear, that resurface and cannot be forgotten
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherHarvard Art Museums
Media of outputFilm
Size15 min Video
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2019
EventCrossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art: https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5834/crossing-lines-constructing-home-displacement-and-belonging-in-contemporary-art - Harvard Art Museums , Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 6 Sep 20195 Jan 2020

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    Doherty, W., 17 Jan 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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