Willie Doherty (*1959 in Derry) is one of the most distinguished video artists of today. Since 1985, Willie Doherty has investigated the conflict in Northern Ireland through his artistic practice. His artworks are of immense consistency and bound together by at least one main subject: the urban landscape of the border region of Derry. For Willie Doherty this landscape is not at all abstract or anonymous because of its political, historical and social inscriptions and meanings. Willie Doherty thus deviates the topics and subjects of his art from his personal local experience: the socio-political and historical circumstances of the city of Derry and its environment. Creating works abroad, for Manifesta 8 in Murcia, Spain, Documenta (13) in Kassel or more recently the film work Without Trace (2013) in Zurich, Doherty has carried this acute historical awareness with him. The result is no less compeling than his other works. In some regards, Doherty takes on the role of a critical and dialectical mirror of the codifications in newspaper reportages, TV documentaries and promotional advertisings, with their calculated use of the picturesque and the romantic sublime. Willie Doherty studied at the University of Ulster (formerly Ulster Polytechnic) from 1978 to 1981. He has been nominated for the renowned Turner Prize twice. Willie Doherty lives in Donegal, Ireland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands, 2014
Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, 2013
The Speed Museum, Louisville, 2011
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 2009
Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, 2007
Städtische Galerie Lenbachhaus, Munich, 2007
Northern Ireland Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2007
Selected Group Exhibitions
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, 2013
dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012
Manifesta 8, Murcia, 2010
Museion, Bolzano, 2008
MoMA PS1, New York, 2006
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, 2005

Selected Collections
Collezione la Gaia, Busca, Italy
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création LVMH, Paris
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Katherine & Keith L. Sachs Art Foundation, Rydal
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Städtische Galerie Lenbachhaus, Munich
Tate Modern, London
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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