Loose Ends, Willie Doherty: To mark the closing of Willie Doherty’s Loose Ends exhibition the RCC is hosting an interview between the artist and CCA Derry Director Matt Packer. Loose Ends, a historic new body of work by the world-renowned Irish artist comprised of a two-screen video installation and accompanying photographic diptychs.
Across two screens, Doherty uses the camera and spoken word to focus on the details and textures of two very different locations – Dublin’s Moore Street and Donegal’s Gola Island, both associated with the 1916 Easter Rising. The sites are examined in detail through the use of a slow, almost trance-like, zoom. Doherty’s lens absorbs the material evidence of each location today, 100 years after the events of 1916, asking whether a residual response to these events continues to be played out, or how the voices and actions of one generation and the ‘vapours of the past’ resonate in the unconscious of another.
Willie Doherty has exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums, including the CAM Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Museum De Pont, Tilburg; IMMA, Dublin; SMK, Copenhagen; Fruitmarket, Edinburgh; TATE, London; Modern Art Oxford; Dallas Museum of Art; Neue Galerie, Kassel; Kunsthalle Bern; Kunstverein München; Kunstverein Hamburg and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. He was nominated twice for the Turner Prize, and has participated in major international exhibitions including Documenta, Manifesta, the Carnegie International, and the Venice, São Paulo and Istanbul biennales.
Loose Ends is commissioned by Donegal County Council / Regional Cultural Centre in partnership with Nerve Centre, Earagail Arts Festival, Kerlin Gallery and Matt’s Gallery. It is an ART:2016 Project, part of the Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016.
Matt Packer has been Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry since March 2014. He is also currently a Curator for LIAF 2015 (Lofoten International Art Festival and an Associate Director (Advisory) of Treignac Projet Association.Tags: