UNSEEN Willie Doherty Highlight of Cultural Year

UNSEEN Willie Doherty Highlight of Cultural Year

The City Factory Gallery in Derry~Londonderry is set to host a major exhibition of photographic and video works by Willie Doherty.

UNSEEN will present approximately 20 photographic and four video works spanning the career of the two-time Turner prize nominee. The exhibition is being presented Matt’s Gallery, London and Nerve Centre, running from Friday September 27, 2013 until Saturday January 4, 2014 at the City Factory Gallery on Patrick Street.

The exhibition will provide a critical overview of Doherty’s photographs and videos made on the streets of his native city and its hinterland, presenting new insight into the artist’s working methods and rationale.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, which has co-curated the exhibition with Matts Gallery in London, said:

“The Nerve Centre has a long association with Willie Doherty as a producer of his video work. For this major retrospective, the City Factory Gallery space has been transformed to house 20 photographic and four video works. The result is spectacular.”

Since 1985 Doherty has recorded the way in which the city has been shaped and altered in response to unfolding political events as he explored its streets through the simple acts of walking and looking. The title of the exhibition, UNSEEN, refers to Doherty’s self-conscious method of using the camera in a context where it was imperative for him to avoid undue attention and to minimize the risk of being mistaken for a photojournalist or a tourist. The exhibition will reveal how Doherty has used the techniques of photojournalism, documentary landscape photography and the appropriation of images and texts to create a body of photographic work that explores the fine line between fiction and non-fiction.

UNSEEN will examine how the artist evolved the use of image and text in his early black and white works (1985–92) to engage with the complexities of representing a contested landscape.

A number of works from Lapse, a series of black and white photographs made in the 1980s and early 1990s will be shown for the first time; Doherty here investigating how these neglected or ‘lost’ images shift between the present (and our knowledge and understanding of) the past.

As part of this unique exhibition, Doherty will present a new group of photographs made this year in Derry~Londonderry, providing an opportunity for the artist to reflect on how the city has evolved and how his own working methods and processes continue to address the problem of photographing the contemporary city.

UNSEEN will showcase a number of Doherty’s most important video installations that place some of Derry’s best-known and more hidden sites as locations for his narratives.

Robin Klassnik, Director of Matt’s Gallery, London, who has worked with the artist since 1990, curates the exhibition with Nerve Centre, which wil will form a core element of the city’s 2013 Derry-Londonderry City of Culture celebrations.

Location map