Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Zahnradstrasse 21, CH-8005 Zurich
tel. +41 44 278 10 10
January 17 - February 21, 2009
Three Potential Endings is the title of the forth coming solo exhibition of Willie Doherty (born
1959 and currently living in Derry, Northern Ireland) and at the same time the name of his
new film, which will be shown on the occasion of his exhibition for the first time. This will be
the artistʼs sixth exhibition in our gallery.
Three Potential Endings was shot on location in Dublin during the summer of 2008.
The work is structured around three open-ended sequences involving a businessman who
finds himself outside of the familiar surroundings of the office. The work does not provide any
explanation or rationale but rather places the man in direct confrontation with the
architectural spaces where he finds himself. The work presents a figure besieged with the
possibility of failure and uncertainty.
The three sequences are simultaneously fragmented and connected by a fourth sequence
that shows the man pacing around a small, confined space. It is unclear whether he is lost in
thought and deep in concentration or whether he is confused and oblivious to his
The figure appears to be both contained by the parameters of each space yet free to leave.
The resolution of any possible narrative recedes and the focus of work shifts to an
awareness of the vulnerability of the body in space.
Three Potential Endings extends the concerns of previous works, such as Closure, 2005 and
Passage, 2006. Like these works Three Potential Endings developed out of an investigation
into the spatial and socio/political conditions of specific urban locations and deploys the
intervention of the human figure to explore the dynamics of these spaces. (Willie Doherty,
In addition to the film, a series of photographs will be on display.
For the past 15 years, Dohertyʼs representations of the political situation in Northern Ireland
have made him one of the most consistently interesting and affecting artist. In 2007, his first
retrospective with video installations took place in the German-speaking area of the
Kunstverein Hamburg and Lenbachhaus Munich. An extensive catalogue about these
exhibitions has been published in German and English by Hatje Cantz Verlag and is also
available through the gallery.