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Destroyed Files, Bosnia

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  • Artist:
    Haughey, Anthony
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  • Medium:
    Chromogenic development print
  • Dimensions:
    image: 36 in x 36 in; paper: 43 in x 43 in
  • Credit Line:
    Gift of the artist and the Julie Saul Gallery, New York


About the Photographer

Haughey, Anthony

Irish, b. 1963

In his long-term project Disputed Territory (1999-2006) Anthony Haughey considers territorial conflicts over borders, particularly in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Kosovo and the varied effects of ongoing struggles over determining the identity of such places. As a resident for many years near the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Haughey experienced the persistent conflict on an intimate level. His images portray subtle indicators of violence, such as piles of shotgun cartridges and burnt file cabinet remnants scattered among wildflowers. These images of the aftermath of warfare and its material residue suggest that the impacts of war are often impalpable and reach far beyond the battlefield.

Anthony Haughey received a PhD at the Interface Centre for Research in Art, Technologies, and Design at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland (2015); County Museum Dundalk, Ireland (2013); Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland (2013); Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast, Ireland (2013/2012); Kunstlerhaus S11, Solothurn, Switzerland (2012); and Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium (2012). His work is included in the collections of the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; National Museum of Media, Bradford, UK; Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, UK; University of Salamanca, Spain; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; among others. He is a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology.