Willie Doherty’s (b. 1959 in Derry, Northern Ireland) video works explore the artistic possibilities of the apparatus of film and in an era of 'post-truth' question what is real and what is unreal, what is true and what is false.
Doherty has investigated the conflict in Northern Ireland through his practice and his films and photographic works are bound together by the urban landscape. 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 and has been nominated twice for the Turner Prize. He lives in Donegal, Ireland.
His work has been exhibited since the 1980s at important institutions in Europe, the USA and Canada. In 2017 at the Art Sonje Center, Seoul he showed his will know work Remains. In 2016 the Museum Villa Merkel in Esslingen, Germany devoted a comprehensive solo exhibition to the artist. Other solo exhibitions took place in 2015 at the Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal and in 2014 at the De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In 2012 he participated at the Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany and in 2007 he was part of the Northern Irish pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Doherty’s works can be found in the collections of the most important museums.