Unseen: Selected Works

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Exhibition at DePont Museum, Tilburg , The Netherlands of approximately twenty photographic and four video works from throughout Doherty’s career which demonstrated how the artist evolved the use of image and text in his early black and white works (1985-92) to engage with the complexities of representing a contested landscape.

A number of works from Lapse, a series of black and white photographs made in the 1980s and early 1990s were shown for the first time; Doherty here investigating how these neglected or 'lost' images shift between the present (and our knowledge and understanding of) the past.

Doherty’s large colour cibachromes (1993-99), exploit the heightened colour of this particular photographic process to create a body of work that plays with the promise of narrative potential, as the images oscillate unsteadily between the staged and the found, the before and after.

UNSEEN showcased a number of Doherty’s most important video installations that placed some of Derry’s best-known and more hidden sites as locations for his narratives. One of the works Remains (2013), was acquired by De Pont, after having debuted at Art Unlimited at Basel 2013. Remains was made in a number of locations in Derry that have been used since the early 1970’s to carry out kneecappings, a form of punishment shooting used to control drug use and other forms of so called ‘anti-social behaviour’.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg, Netherlands
PublisherDePont Museum
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Sept 2014
EventWillie Doherty, UNSEEN, DePont Museum, Tilburg - DePont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Sept 201418 Jan 2015


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  • Remains

    Doherty, W., 17 Jan 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Ghost Story: 52nd Venice Biennale

    Doherty, W., 2007

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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