Willie Doherty's recent photographic works were made along the US-Mexico border. As his earlier works made at the contested Irish border, the images taken near El Paso allude to situations beyond what is visible in the photographs: precarious conditions, uncertainty, and an escalating erosion of tolerance in the negotiation of frontiers and national boundaries. Doherty’s works investigate the margins of the border where structures become the points of tension, where the illusion of control is enforced, and the false certainties of security and strength are instrumentalised and reinforced.
Fabens, Texas, 2017, Pigment Print, Ed. 1/3, 57.2 x 152 cm (22 1/2 x 59 7/8 in.)