Ghost-haunted land

Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland

By Declan Long

Ghost-haunted land


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9144-9
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Photography & photographs, Northern Ireland, Ireland, History of art, European history, The arts / Photography & photographs, The arts / History of art / art & design styles, Northern Ireland, PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Regional, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland


Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 - the formal end-point of the thirty-year modern 'Troubles' - contemporary visual artists have offered diverse responses to post-conflict circumstances in Northern Ireland. In Ghost-Haunted Land - the first book-length examination of post-Troubles contemporary art - Declan Long highlights artists who have reflected on the ongoing anxieties of aftermath.

This wide-ranging study addresses developments in video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and more, offering detailed analyses of key works by artists based in Ireland and beyond - including 2014 Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell and internationally acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Willie Doherty. 'Post-Troubles' contemporary art is discussed in the context of both local transformations and global operations - and many of the main points of reference in the book come from broader debates about the place and purpose of contemporary art in today's world.


'Ghost-Haunted Land is afoundational work of art criticism that will stand alongside Colin Graham'sstudy of photography and the North as a first point of reference for anyoneinterested in the Troubles and their cultural legacies.'
Nicholas Allen, IrishTimes, December 2017


1 Same difference: post-Troubles context and contradictions
2 New terrains: 'Northern Irish art' in the wider world
3 The post-Troubles art of Willie Doherty
4 That which was: histories, documents, archives
5 Phantom publics: imagining ways of 'being together'
Conclusion - or against conclusions


Declan Long is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art, and Programme Director of the MA Art in the Contemporary World, at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin

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