About Willie Doherty
The Northern Irish artist Willie Doherty is with his evocative film- and videoworks, one of todays most remarkable, artistic innovators in the field between film and installation.
Doherty was born in 1959 in Derry in Northern Ireland and is graduated from Ulster Polytechnic in Belfast. He works with video and photography. Through the last thirty years, Doherty's art has evolved from the early photodocumentations of his hometown, Derry, to gloomy and complex films, which in particular map the socio-political landscape of Northern Ireland.
A conflictual Ireland
Doherty's art is based on the upbringing i a contentious and politically inflamed Northern Ireland, where the media coverage of the events often were biased, half truths.
A state, whose fundamental representation issues, he continues to confront in fragmented narratives, that suggest rather than explain the underlying dramatic background.
In his representation of different landscapes, Doherty not only reproduces the physical landscape, but he suggests a parallel between the physical and mental landscapes. In this way Doherty assigns the nature an almost "supernatural" materiality.
Doherty has exhibited internationally since the early 1980s, and his videoworks have been the focal point for many major exhibitions. Twice, in 1994 and 2003, he has been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2007 he represented Northern Ireland with a videoinstallation at the Venice Biennale.