2 March 2018 at 6:30pm
Void welcomes Declan Long to launch his new book ‘Ghost-Haunted Land: Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland’ at the gallery on Friday 2nd March from 6:30pm when he will be in conversation with Willie Doherty.
Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 – the formal end-point of the thirty-year modern ‘Troubles’ – contemporary visual artists have offered diverse responses to post-conflict circumstances in Northern Ireland. In Ghost-Haunted Land – the first book-length examination of post-Troubles contemporary art – Declan Long highlights artists who have reflected on the ongoing anxieties of aftermath.
This wide-ranging study addresses developments in video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and more, offering detailed analyses of key works by artists based in Ireland and beyond – including 2014 Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell and internationally acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Willie Doherty. ‘Post-Troubles’ contemporary art is discussed in the context of both local transformations and global operations – and many of the main points of reference in the book come from broader debates about the place and purpose of contemporary art in today’s world.