Two-time Turner prize nominee Willie Doherty’s video Closure is now showing at the Ulster Museum.
Derry born artist Willie Doherty has built an international reputation working in video and photography.
Closure, which is now being shown in the in The New Past, Irish Art 1800-2016 exhibition at the Museum shows a young woman walking in an enclosed space bounded by high metal walls. The accompanying voice-over describes decay and the visible traces of past violence, coupled with words which convey an unnerving sense of purpose.
National Museums Northern Ireland’s Curator of Fine Art, Anne Stewart, said, “The Ulster Museum has long admired Willie Doherty in particular the profoundly affecting ways in which his work explores themes of identity, territoriality and surveillance. His work frequently involves the layering of text and image, which creates a sense of ambiguity and plays on the viewer’s prejudices and assumptions. Closure is a captivating and unsettling piece of work and, unusually for the artist, centres on the thoughts and perceptions of a female figure.”
Doherty was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1994 and 2003, and has represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1993, Great Britain at the São Paulo Art Biennial in 2003 and Northern Ireland at the 2007 Venice Biennale.
The loan is courtesy of Willie Doherty and the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin.
Admission to the Ulster Museum is free of charge. The video will be showing in The New Past, Irish Art 1800-2016 exhibition until 12th February.

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