Jane and Louise Wilson
Jane and Louise Wilson are an artist duo, who are also identical twins; for over two decades their work has featured various media including photography, collage, video, sculpture and installation. In 1999, they were nominated for the Turner Prize, the most prestigious art award in Great Britain and that same year they held a significant two-person exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Their 1997 video projection work which documents the ‘Stasi City’, a former Stasi detention center for political prisoners and the headquarters of the East German secret police, served as a turning point for the artists to produce artwork that metaphorically expresses political themes around sites of recent conflict. Other examples of their work include ‘Gamma’ in 1999, filmed in the decommissioned U.S. military base in Greenham Common, Berkshire, England and ‘Atomgrad, Nature Abhors a Vacuum’ in 2010, which comprised of large-scale photographs, revealing the abandoned interiors and facilities in Pripyat and the contaminated Ukrainian city built in the 1970s to house Chernobyl factory workers. The city was forced to be evacuated shortly after, in the wake of the 1986 nuclear disaster. The work represents a city that has been visited only by researchers and tourists, which has now become a site for “dark tourism” (a tour of sites devastated by natural or manmade disasters). In 2012 they made their film ‘The Toxic Camera’ the film reflects upon the Chernobyl disaster, and was inspired by the documentary film "Chernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks" made by the Soviet filmmaker Volodymyr Shevchenko in the days immediately following the accident. Upon processing his film, Shevchenko noticed portions of it were heavily pockmarked and affected by static interference, coinciding with the sound of measuring radiation from the Geiger counter, thus realizing that radiation was effectively 'visible' on the film material itself. The film script was developed from interviews conducted with Chernobyl 'veterans' (Nuclear plant workers, physicists, helicopter pilots) and with Shevchenko's surviving film crew, 25 years after the incident. Born in 1967, the Wilson sisters grew up through the Cold War era, and the architecture and sites featured in their works explore historical events triggered by power and ideology, often imbued with the presence and ideology of the original occupants they provoke complex and multi-faceted feelings of uneasiness.The duo have been focused on exposing the internal mechanism of power and conflict for several decades; the hallmark of their work is leveraging various media such as photography, collage, film and installations to expose and explore the invisible internal structure and history of architecture and ideology.
5) SECRETS OF RUSSIA at KIASMA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki) 2012.
A collaboration with traditional Russian manufacturers. In 2011 Aamu Song and Johan Olin set on a journey to explore Russian manufacturing secrets. The travels, which took us from Moscow to Urals, into Siberia and to the Caucasus, resulted in collaboration with more than ten of traditional manufacturers. The collection was first shown at KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland in 2012. All designs: COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)