Essays

  • REFLECTIONS

    ‘ To reflect upon the ethics of memory is, at first sight, a puzzling task. This is so because memory is not in the first instance an action, but a kind of knowledge like perception, imagination and understanding. Memory constitutes a knowledge of past events, or of the pastness of past events.’ — Paul Ricoeur
  • SEEING BEYOND THE PALE The Photographic Works of Willie Doherty

    In a recent discussion of his photographic work, Willie Doherty remarked that his aim was ‘to try and reflect the way the terrain creates an understanding of the place’. The ‘place’ named in much of the work in this introduction is Derry, the artist’s home town.
  • BORDER

    There is a thinning of the air, a gradual scarcity in the light. It is as though nothing has happened here for a long time and the land has folded in on itself. There is also an untidiness – an abandoned car rusting away, say, or some decaying farm buildings, or some farm machinery lying in long grass, not used for a long time. Or weeds growing wilder than usual. And a stillness, things petering out. A landscape of endings.
  • ‘AND SO THEY ARE EVER RETURNING TO US, THE DEAD’ Willie Doherty in Derry

    ‘It has become a distant memory, Taken on the characteristics of a dream. At times I am unsure if it really happened at all…’ — Willie Doherty