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Speed Art Museum Announces Willie Doherty: Traces

The Speed Art Museum presents Willie Doherty: Traces on view October 14, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Willie Doherty (Irish, born 1959) Still from Ghost Story, 2007 Collection of Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund.

Among the most important artists to emerge from Northern Ireland, Willie Doherty creates photographs and videos that explore layered narratives embodied in the landscape. In his work, singular in its distillation of politics, the psychology of fear and oppression, and formal beauty, places, people and situations depicted are both specific and profoundly universal. The Speed Art Museum’s exhibition will include two single-channel video installations — Ghost Story (first shown in 2007 at the 52nd Venice Biennale) and Buried (commissioned for Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 2009) – and eleven large-scale photographs of the borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the artist made in the 1990s. In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a film series co-organized by Doherty and the Louisville Film Society, a workshop, and lectures on the history and importance of the Irish in Louisville.

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