The post- Troubles art of Willie Doherty
in Ghost-haunted land
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This chapter considers the moving-image works by Derry artist Willie Doherty. The spirit of ambiguous presence and strategic indeterminacy is vital to Doherty's work, and it allows for art encounters relating to the post-Troubles moment that are crucially provisional in their meanings and effects. Doherty's work has sought to critique and re-cast specific characteristics of the dominant visual regimes that arise from or determine the conditions of conflict in the North of Ireland. Doherty's combination of astute conceptual and political critique has contributed to his resulting and lasting position as a major figure within international neo-conceptual practice. The recurring concerns and obsessive-compulsive rituals of Doherty's art address profound questions regarding both subjectivity and space. His evocations of sublime visions or haunted spaces offer alternative means to reflect on the strange 'normalisations' of the new peace-era reality. The chapter offers a close reading of certain aspects of Ghost Story.

Ghost-haunted land

Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland

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