Jane and Louise Wilson
This is the largest solo exhibition to date devoted to the British twins Jane and Louise Wilson. It will include their first film work, Hypnotic Suggestion 505 (1993), as well as previously unseen pieces, such as a series of five sculptures (rulers which measure and punctuate the various exhibition spaces, and a suspended sculpture inspired by Rodchenko), which play with the architecture of the building. The sculptures have been created specifically for the space at CAM.
The 2008 video Spiteful of Dream, produced in Derby, will be shown. The film centres on the movement of an enormous turbine and generates a kaleidoscopic sequence which, in conjunction with the sound and the image, represents a genuine piece of choreography.
As a reflection on the relationship between history and memory, an essential theme in Jane and Louise Wilson’s work, the piece Unfolding the Aryan Papers (2009), which combines stills from Stanley Kubrick’s archives with images of Hornsey Town Hall, will be shown.
Two series of photographic works will be displayed: Oddments (2008), a series of six photographs which mirrors the important archiving and cataloguing process of Maggs Bros Ltd., one of the largest second-hand booksellers in London; and five large-scale, black-and-white photographs of World War II bunkers, which served as an extensive system of fortifications along the Normandy coast.
Working with historical memory, Jane and Louise Wilson’s work recovers empty places, evacuated areas over which no one has control, or lost and abandoned spaces, on a voyage that has as much to do with psychological time as with the archaeology of places and experiences, transporting us into a state where time itself is suspended.