WILLIE DOHERTY "REMAINS" - Art Sonje Project #3 , Seoul: Remains, 2013, video installation

Willie Doherty (Photographer)

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The Art Sonje Center held the 2017 Art Sonje Project # 3: Willy Doherty - Remains, featuring video and photographic work of Willie Doherty, Northern Ireland's leading author, from July 8 to August 6, 2017. This exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Art Sonje Center and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in commemoration of the 2017-18 Korean-English mutual exchange year hosted by the British Council. In addition, on July 7, 2017, the screening and artist talk programs were held to provide an in-depth look into Willie Doherty's working world. The title of the exhibition was taken from "Remains", which is an image work that the artist filmed in 2013 in his hometown of Derry, Ireland. Derry, where Willie Doherty was born and raised, has been closely linked to his work since the early 1980s, when he began to appear in the international art world. Since the early 1970s, there have been several locations where vigilante organizations close to the military have 'punished fire' on people's knees to control misdemeanor or 'antisocial behavior'. The situation improved with the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, but paramilitary organizations are still struggling to exert their control in extreme poverty. Under the threat that separatism is widespread and the violence will happen again, vigilantes that do not belong to any legal structure have been forced to enforce strict codes of conduct. In 2012, there were cases where parents were forced to take their children to 'punishment shootings'. "Remains" is based on the artist's interest in the relationship between landscape and memory as a work filmed in the background of these events. He deals with places that have been stained with unfired stories, some of which are forgotten, half remembered, or unconscious. Doherty uses these cameras to investigate these places in forensic detail. A long tracking shot continues in the background while a man recalls his lifelong experience of violence and control. In the middle of a man's story, an image of a burning car is interrupted, which was the motif that first appeared in the artist's work in the early 1990s and continues to this day. In this exhibition, a series of photographs ‹Incident› (1993) and ‹Border Incident› (1994) were presented together. About the author Willie Doherty (born 1959) was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland. Most of his work is about Derry. Doherty deals with the possibility of errors that human memory and recall can easily make through installation of photographs, videos, and sounds. He graduated from Ulster University in Belfast and began working internationally in the early 1980s. In 1994 and 2003, he was nominated for the Turner Prize, and in 2007, he participated as the artist at the Venice Biennale of Northern Ireland. In addition, the Lisbon Gulbenkian Museum, Tilburg Defont Museum, Dublin Island Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen SMK, Edinburgh Fruit Market Gallery, London Tate Museum, Modern Art Oxford, Dallas Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Kassel Neuier He has exhibited at leading art galleries around the world, including the Gallery, Berne Kunsthalle, Munich Kunstfairline, Hamburg Kunstfairline, and the Paris Museum of Contemporary Art. Major internationals such as Documenta, Manifesta, Carnegie International, Venice Biennale, Sao Paulo Biennale, Istanbul Biennale I participated in the exhibition. Art Wire Project 'Art Sonje Project Space' is a platform for temporary and free artistic attempts, and the space on the first floor of Art Sonje Center was reorganized and newly started in the second half of 2014. The Art Sonje Center transformed the first floor, the public space of the museum, through an architect's project to expand the education and project space instead of commercial facilities such as cafes and restaurants. Accordingly, while continuing the purpose of the 'Art Sun Lounge Project' that continued from 2009 to the first half of 2014, it further strengthened the characteristics of the project being conducted in the open space of the art museum, while actively conducting various programs such as talks and workshops. have. In 2017, starting with Melvin Morty, projects such as Kang Sang-bin & Kang Sang-woo, Willie Doherty, Lee Won-woo, Choi Chan-sook, Choi Yoon, HIAP, and Jeon Seok-seok are in progress. This event is the official program of the 2017–18 Korean-English Interaction Year (UK / Korea 2017–18, the British Year in Korea) hosted by the British Council.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSeoul
PublisherArt Sonje Center
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2017
EventArt Sonje Project #3: Willie Doherty – Remains - Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
Duration: 8 Jul 20176 Aug 2017

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