Remains: The Other Side – Borderlands in Contemporary Irish Art

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

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Group Exhibition at Dortmunder U Center for Arts and Creativity 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.

The group exhibition included 5 other internationally renowned artists* from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland - Enda Bowe, Seán Hillen, Jesse Jones, Dragana Jurišić and Kathy Prendergast.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDortmund
PublisherDORTMUNDER U Center for Arts and Creativity
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Dec 2019
EventThe Other Side? – Borderlands in Contemporary Irish Art - DORTMUNDER U Center for Arts and Creativity, Dortmund, Germany
Duration: 20 Dec 201917 Mar 2020


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    Doherty, W., 17 Jan 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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