Willie Doherty, Unquiet (2018), 19'00".

Willie Doherty


24 July – 7 August 2020

MattFlix presents Willie Doherty’s Unquiet (2018).

Unquiet, a text-based video work with an original score by the composer Brian Irvine, takes as its starting point the execution of poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca in August 1936. Lorca’s body is said to have been secretly buried somewhere on the road that connects the towns of Víznar and Alfacar, near Granada, Spain. Between 2016-18, Doherty made a number of visits to the area, focussing his attention on Peñón Colorado, where the most recent unsuccessful attempt to recover the remains of Lorca was undertaken in 2016, and El Barranco de Víznar, a hilly ravine where many victims of a brutal system of state execution were buried.

The film’s silent narrator carries us through the changing of the seasons, giving a presence to one of the many unacknowledged victims of the Spanish Civil War whose bodies have never been recovered.

Duration: 19:00

Score: Brian Irvine

Cellist: Matthew Sharp

Typography: Tony Waddingham

Willie Doherty is represented by Alexander and Bonin, New YorkKerlin Gallery, DublinMatt’s Gallery, LondonGaleria Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Pamplona and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich.