The twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson (born in 1967 in Newcastle, England) work with video installations and photography. In their work, they study the relationship between people and the architectonic space - particularly space that is hidden, secret or forgotten for some reason.
During the summer, Bildmuseet is showing the sisters' latest work, the video installation Monument Apollo Pavilion, Peter Lee (2003). This is a film installation with four screens, which is based on the concrete Apollo pavilion that was built in 1958 in the Newcastle suburb of Peter Lee by the artist Victor Pasmore. The work looks at the recreation process, which previously industrial areas in north-eastern England have gone through with the help of architects and city planners. The work is produced by the contemporary art centre Baltic in Gateshead, England in cooperation with Film & Video Umbrella.
The presentation at Bildmuseet also includes the film installation Normapaths (1995). This work consists of two projections and plays out in a rough warehouse where a number of women (including the artists) fight, walk through fire, throw themselves through walls, and perform different stunts. The atmosphere is both aggressive and dream-like, inspired by television series from the 1960s, such as The Avengers, and 1980s gangster films, such as New Jack City.
Visual Community Network
The exhibit is part of the Visual Community Network project, which is based on collaboration between art halls/museums in five countries and includes networking, professional exchange, and development. Concrete results include exhibitions, an artist-in-residence programme, educational activities, workshops, seminars, and publications in different media. The following organisations are included in the Visual Community Network: BildMuseet; Baltic - The Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England; Bergen Kunstmuseum in Norway; Nederlands fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Porin Taidemuseo in Pori, Finland.
The Visual Community Network is financed through the EU Culture 2000 programme.
The exhibition is supported by the British Council in Sweden.