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Unapproved Road, 2

Willie Doherty

Unapproved Road, 2

Cibachrome print mounted on aluminium

190.5 x 134.6 cms (74.87 x 52.90 ins)

1995

HC 12292

Provenance

Peter Kilchmann Galerie, Zurich
Acquired from the above by the previous owner

Exhibited

Willie Doherty, In the Dark, Projected Works, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, June - September 1996

Literature

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Signed on a label affixed to the reverse.

Cibachrome on aluminium.

Framed dimensions: 134.6 by 190.5 cm.

Executed in 1995, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3.

Another print of this work is in the collection of the Imperial War Museum, London. Their cataloguing records the following:

"Throughout his career Willie Doherty has explored the portrayal of his native Northern Ireland in the media and in broader visual culture. In doing this he also raises questions about the manipulative power of photography. 'Unapproved Road' shows a makeshift roadblock, seemingly harmless at first glance. But once we know that this a border road in rural Northern Ireland, the scene takes on a broader, darker significance. The photograph has a staged quality, calling into question our perception of the image. The position of the cement blocks suggests an impact, perhaps an indication of a violent past event. They are also interventions in the landscape, blocking the route and reminding us of the significance of land and territory in the conflict in Northern Ireland."



British Photography. The Hyman Collection

Willie Doherty

Unapproved Road, 2

Cibachrome print mounted on aluminium

190.5 x 134.6 cms (74.87 x 52.90 ins)

1995

HC 12292

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