Exhibition at Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz, Madrid of Willy Doherty’s video and work El Amnésico (The Amnesiac) 2014.
El Amnésico (The Amnesiac) expands upon a preoccupation with the landscape as a repository of memory and unresolved trauma.
El Amnésico (The Amnesiac) begins and ends with a car journey where we see an unnamed man driving through a wooded landscape. What unfolds in between could be viewed as his return to a particular place, somewhere half remembered or half forgotten, or a momentary lapse in concentration from the tedium of driving, a daydream or rupture in the fabric of the everyday.
In a context of moral ambiguity, where one is asked to willfully forget the events of the past in order to construct the future, Doherty’s amnesiac exists in the unguarded moments when a casual word or a familiar smell transports one back to the very thing that one can never forget, the image that cannot be erased.
El Amnésico (The Amnesiac) was accompanied by a group of 10 photographs that Doherty made in the locations where the video was shot. Entitled Daño (Damage), 2014, the photographs are of trees that have been subjected to deliberate acts of vandalism and outbursts of violence. The traces and marks of the past, the detritus of some unknown activity shape the ecology of an unfamiliar terrain. The limits of what is visible begin to break down.