The Amnesiac

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Exhibition at Alexander and Bonin , New York of The Amnesiac 2014 and other recent video and photographic works.

The Amnesiac, 2014, is a 10 minute single-channel video installation which extends his interest in themes of landscape and memory. The video follows an unidentified man as he drives along a country road. His journey is interrupted by what might be a momentary lapse in concentration from the tedium of driving, a daydream or a rupture in the fabric of the everyday; a return to somewhere half remembered or half forgotten.

Remains, 2013, is a 15 minute single-channel video installation made in a number of locations in Derry that have been used since the early 1970s to carry out kneecappings, a form of punishment shooting used to control drug use and other forms of so called ‘antisocial behavior’. The ghosts of events past are summoned by the narrator as his recounting unearths a repository of memories, specific to the unimposing landscape, and ultimately reveals a continuing cycle of violence, enacted in the same locations.

The videos were accompanied by a group of 10 photographs, titled Damage, 2014, which were made at the same location where the video was shot. The photographs are details of tree trunks that bear the physical markings of past acts of violence. Doherty explores the boundaries between the visible and invisible, past and present, the tangible and intangible.

The pieces exhibited were :

The Amnesiac, 2014, video installation
Remains, 2013, video installation
Future Fear, 2014, series of 6 framed black and white photographs
Damage, 2014, series of 10 framed c-type colour photographs
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size10 minute single-channel video installatio
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 17 Jan 2014
EventThe Amnesiac and other recent video and photographic works - Alexander and Bonin 47 Walker Street New York, NY 10013, New York, United States
Duration: 25 Oct 20146 Dec 2014


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  • Remains

    Doherty, W., 17 Jan 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • The Amnesiac

    Doherty, W., 14 May 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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