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Willie Doherty, Re-Run, 2002
The exhibition presents key examples of Doherty's early black and white photographs, such as 'Mesh' and 'The Blue Skies of Ulster', and his large colour cibachrome photographs, such as 'Unapproved Road I' and 'Out of Sight', which exist on the borderline between the documentary and the staged. In these works Doherty places us at the edge of the city, between the familiar and the unknown - a highly mediated place, shaped from a combination of television news coverage, cinematic fantasy, tourist information, popular stereotypes and collective memory. The exhibition also includes the seminal slide installations 'Same Difference' and 'They're All the Same', both of which question, through the juxtaposition of the verbal with the pictorial, how language can shape our perceptions of images, in this instance media images of IRA suspects. Doherty’s most recent video installation, 'Re-Run', commissioned by the British Council for this year’s 25th São Paolo Biennale, is being shown for the first time in Ireland.
A major full-colour catalogue, published by IMMA and Merrell publishers, with essays by the chief curator of the Castello di Rivoli, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, and writer and critic, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, accompanies the exhibition (price €35.00).
The exhibition is supported by the British Council.
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