Emptiness, Traces and meaning: Jane and Louise Wilson’s work

This two sisters have a new show called:

History Is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain at the Hayward Gallery, from 10 February to 26 April

Louise, left, and Jane Wilson, photographed at the Hayward Gallery. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer
Louise, left, and Jane Wilson, photographed at the Hayward Gallery. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer

They mostly take photographs of empty spaces, abandoned buildings, rundown locations. In all of these you find the ghosts of the humans that once inhabited them. This traces leave you with a lot of questions on why, how, when and what happenned. The mistery, the intrigue that the images build in the viewer is I believe the strongest point of the work that Jane and Louise Wildon do. The images don’t give answers but quite the opposite.The spectator is confronted with the aftermath of the events and left to his own thoughts to find a meaning to the circumstances.

In a sense the narrative is inside the viewer just waiting to be awaken by the images. The pictures turn on an interior fibre within the observer, that forces her/him to project her/his personal narrative upon them. That is the power within the work. It echos of past lives and something terrible that stopped everything suddenly .

Here’s a video of an interview with the sisters:
https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/artanddesign/video/2012/nov/05/jane-louise-wilson-video-interview

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