Filmmaker and Artist
Jane and Louise Wilson, RA Elect, have been working as an artist duo in collaboration for over two decades since their joint postgraduate degree from Goldsmiths College in 1992. Jane and Louise have gained both national and international reputation as artists who create haunting installations using Film, photography, sculpture and sound. They are appointed as joint Professors of Fine Art at Newcastle University.
Through their work, they have explored some of Europe’s least accessible sites including a former Stasi Prison in former East Berlin, the British Houses of Parliament and the huge Star City complex in Moscow, a key site of the Russian Space Programme. Obsessed with the recent past, their early works centred on abandoned buildings, often imbued with the presence and ideology of the original occupants. Their fascination with politics, surveillance and conflict grew as did a sense of responsibility to respond to the political and social issues of the day.
In 1996 they were awarded a DAAD artists scholarship in Berlin and Hanover. In 1999 they were nominated for The Turner Prize for their multi-screen installation Gamma, which was shown in 2015 at The Schaulager Museum, Basel, in the exhibition FUTURE/PRESENT. Their recent work and exhibitions include photography work resulting from their Korean residency in the summer of 2018, currently exhibited at the Royal Academy Show 2019. They also include In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson’s Sealander, J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2017) Divided We Stand, Busan Biennial, Korea (2018) and Jane and Louise Wilson: Stasi City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018-19).
Their recent moving Image work includes A two LED screen film installation called “Suspended Island” commissioned by BALTIC as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018, exhibited also at the Aesthetica Arts Prize, York from March to August 2019. The film also premiered in its festival format at Rotterdam IFFR and won the Best Experimental Film award at the Vila do Conde Film Festival in Portugal July 2019. They also completed “Undead Sun” (2014) and “We Put The World Before You” (2016) commissions for the Imperial War Museum, London, the Arts Council of England, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and MIMA, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Art Gallery 2018 as part of the 14-18 WWI centenary commemorations.
Louise is a board member of the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art. Jane and Louise are appointed as joint Professors of Fine Art at Newcastle University and are honorary Visiting Professors of Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton.