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Ghost-Haunted LandContemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland$
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Declan Long

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991449

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991449.001.0001

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Conclusion – or against conclusions

Conclusion – or against conclusions

(p.200) Conclusion – or against conclusions
Ghost-Haunted Land

Declan Long

Manchester University Press

In his short, fragmentary text ‘Some notes on problems and possibilities’, Willie Doherty writes of ‘the impossibility of the task/to find a trace of some essential matter/to make an image’. What results, he suggests, is ‘barely emerging // an inadequate response’.1 In addressing the art of Northern Ireland’s post-Troubles period in this book, it has been essential to acknowledge something of this impossibility and inadequacy. It has been vital to stress how the perspectives of Doherty and others are insistently partial and provisional, open to question, resistant to closure. These are surely appropriate characteristics to re-emphasise as an attempt is made to bring this discussion to a close – a discussion which, however detailed in parts, could only ever be ‘barely emerging’ in relation to the complexities of this time and place....

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