Willie Doherty's UNSEEN Opens in Derry~Londonderry

City Factory to host a retrospective of work from the acclaimed photographer and video artist

The City Factory Gallery in Derry~Londonderry is set to host a major exhibition of photographic and video works by two-time Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty. UNSEEN will present approximately 20 photographic and four video works spanning Doherty's entire career.

The exhibition is being presented by Matt’s Gallery, London and the Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry, and will run from Friday, September 27, 2013 until Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the City Factory gallery on Patrick Street.

UNSEEN 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 at a time when the Turner Prize itself will be staged in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

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.'

Willie Doherty


The title of the exhibition 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.

As part of the exhibition, 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 will also present a new group of photographs made this year in Derry~Londonderry.

At The End Of The Day (1994) is the earliest video work to be included and highlights Doherty’s interest in the border roads that surround Derry’s west bank. The exhibition will also include Re-Run (2002), a double screen video projection for which Doherty was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2003.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013 said: 'For nearly three decades Willie has been a beacon for the visual arts in Derry~Londonderry, and his impact on the international stage has been an inspiration. At a time when the eyes of the contemporary arts world will be focused on the city as it hosts the Turner Prize, it is fitting that Willie Doherty is having a major exhibition in his home town.'

UNSEEN runs in the City Factory, Derry~Londonderry from September 27 to January 4. The Turner Prize will be on display in Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry from October 23 to January 5.