Solo Exhibition at FMAV , Modena , Italy which includes selected photographic and video Works.
The exhibition offers an overview of Doherty's career through photographic and video works focused on the theme of borders, from the works of the nineties to a new video installation commisioned for the occasion.
The concept of borders is at the heart of this first personal Willie Doherty exhibition in Italy, with the intention of inducing the viewer to question his beliefs about its value and meaning, revealing its complexity and numerous political, social and psychological implications.
This is happening, not by chance, at a time when the issue of borders is increasingly pressing not only in the United Kingdom, following the exit from the European Union that will once again trace the border with Ireland, but also globally in an era marked by migration and pandemics.
His work originated from experiences lived in Derry, his hometown. Located at the western end of Europe, on the UK-Ireland border, Derry is a place where historical and political complexity has shaped the physical and psychological experience of the landscape. Doherty addresses, in a particularly sharp and sharp way, issues related to the legacy of colonialism and conflict and the lines of fracture, both real and perceived, that divide individuals and communities.