In addition to a selection of recent video installation works "The Amnesiac" (2014), "Remains" (2013) and "Buried" (2009) the exhibition presented a new video work , Home, 2016, video installation and related photographic works , which was on view at Villa Merkel for the first time. The exhibition also included a number of new photographic works and a selection of works from the recent past.
These latest works continue Doherty’s meditations, in video and photography, on the changing political landscape of Northern Ireland. Doherty examines the borders between the present and the past and between reality and memory. Doherty’s use of the camera reveals his interest for surveillance technologies on the one hand and his concern with the tradition of romantic landscape on the other.
Our Attention shifts from day to night and from urban areas to natural sites, from panorama to close-up. The camera seems to wander from the familiar path and to lead us into blind alleys or dead spaces.
Between the opposing poles of authenticity and fiction, his videos explore the possibilities and conditions of the filmic apparatus, drawing on genres as action film, auteur film, and documentary. In a visual sense he also uses a technique which is comparable to a criminal novel: He increases the indistinguishability between a concrete threat and a mental state, the fear of nothing, the fear of the indefinite. Narrative structures and possibilities of interpretation remain unsettled. Willie Doherty‘s photographs and videos force us to deal with the fact that we can no longer trust the image.