False Positive, False Negative

Jane and Louise Wilson


About the edition

False Positive, False Negative was produced by Jane and Louise Wilson in DCA Print Studio as part of their new series of work Face Scripting - What Did the Building See?. The series was inspired by the assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, a Hamas operative, in a Dubai hotel room in January 2010. False Positive, False Negative uses the CCTV footage of the assassination, which was subsequently released by the Dubai state police, as the basis for the piece. The resultant print is a forensically detailed study in which the artists appear with patterns reminiscent of primitive masks painted onto their faces: dazzle camouflage designed to scramble the technology used by police for digital face recognition.

These uncanny yet beautiful prints are activated by the viewer's movement, triggering the appearance of ghostly figures, materialising then merging, shifting perceptions of what is visible within the faces and revealing the CCTV evidence beneath.

Year 2012
Edition of 20
Media Framed screenprint on mirrored acrylic
Dimensions 65 x 96.5cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist on verso

About Jane and Louise Wilson

Jane and Louise Wilson were born in Newcastle and studied respectively at Newcastle Polytechnic and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee before undertaking an MA at Goldsmiths College of Art, London. They began working together in 1989 and since then have exhibited at major galleries internationally. They were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999.

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