The research carried out by Doherty, Wylie and Coyles from 2007 to 2018 engages with some of the so-called legacy issues following the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Issues such as unsolved murders, compensation and support for victims, housing policy and an agreed process of memorialisation, that were not resolved as part of the Agreement and continue to put pressure on the fragile peace in this post-conflict society.
The research interrogates how processes of memorialisation are expressed within the public and private spheres.
The research provides insights into how specific architecture and sites, associated with past acts of violence, surveillance and control, continue to resonate in collective memory and imagination and may undermine reconciliation processes.
Doherty’s Ghost Story, 2007 (R1) single-screen video installation, forefronts the use of video and narrative fiction to explore the trauma triggered by revisiting sites where memories of violence continue to resonate. Ghost Story unfolds in several rural and urban locations accompanied by a voiceover that suggests the presence of a lingering residue of pain embedded within the landscape itself.