Exhibition: Willie Doherty: Disturbance, Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, until June 24 2012
© Willie Doherty
Derry-born artist Willie Doherty has become known for his expressive photographic and video installation work that draws on the political troubles of his native city.
The close proximity of its border with the Republic of Ireland is, as he says, “a perfect theatre of war”.
Anyone who has followed the work of the twice Turner-nominated artist will not be disappointed by this exhibition at Towner, which showcases his latest piece, Ancient Grounds.
Shot on the peat bogs of County Donegal, Doherty’s new video work sees the artist track down the visible traces of human trauma left within the rural terrain.
Using forensic attention to detail, Doherty captures evidence of undefined violence that may have otherwise remained unnoticed, hidden in the landscape.
This revealing piece of work draws on the themes addressed by Doherty throughout his prolific career, focusing on the idea that the occurrences that took place in the past will not disappear and cannot be forgotten.
Doherty describes himself as an "old-fashioned landscape artist". His surveillance of territory is carried out by walking across it or by watching it through the windscreen of a car or bus window to look for evidence of its association with social and political concerns.
- Open 10am-6pm (except Monday, open Bank Holiday). Admission free.