Violet Dwam

Jane and Louise Wilson

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About the edition

This print was created by Jane and Louise Wilson and produced in DCA Print Studio as part of 2020 Editions: a portfolio of prints created to mark an extraordinary, challenging year, and to support DCA's recovery from a crisis that has gripped the entire cultural sector.

As the UK-wide lockdown that began in March 2020 drew to a close, we invited a group of artists who had participated in our programme to submit work to be developed with our team in DCA Print Studio and included in a portfolio. Some had worked with us recently; others had taken part in projects soon after we opened in 1999, but all of them gave their time and work generously in support of DCA, and we are incredibly grateful to them.

The project came with some built-in specifications – shape, size, edition number – but the remarkable diversity of the finished works eloquently reflects the range of our programme, and the possibilities of working with our Print Studio.

In the summer of 2018, Jane and Louise Wilson travelled to South Korea's Gapado Island to partake in an artist residency program, as part of a broader initiative to preserve the island’s environmental and cultural values. Gapado Island is a carbon-free island dedicated to maintaining a sustainable ecosystem.

In a series of new photographic works, the imagery depicts sea urchins intertwined with island landscapes, lava rock stacks and deserted sites which were once shrines. Shrine worship is an aspect of shamanism on Gapado Island that is an integral part of the elderly generation’s traditions, notably the extraordinary group of female Haeneyo free divers who make their living harvesting and selling seafood. It is a practice that exemplifies their sister-like bond-- when they are together, they share everything. Due to the dangers inherent in free-diving and the changing tides of women in the workplace, their cherished tradition is in jeopardy.

This new body of work serves to investigate and demonstrate the psychic intersection between defensive architecture and Shaman shrines-- further expanding upon their publicly sited video installation.

Other prints included in the 2020 Editions portfolio:

Prints can be bought individually or as a portfolio of all 10 prints.

Year 2020
Edition of 30
Media Digital print with Epson Claria inks and screenprint on Canson Infinity Photo Lustre 310gsm paper 
Dimensions 42 x 29.7cm
Signature Numbered on verso in pencil and accompanied by a publisher’s certificate of authenticity

About Jane and Louise Wilson

Jane and Louise Wilson, RA Elect, have been working as an artist duo in collaboration for over two decades. Jane and Louise have gained both national and international reputation as artists working with Film, photography, sculpture and sound. They are joint Professors of Fine Art at Newcastle University and are represented by 303 Gallery in New York.

Since 1990, they have gained a national and international reputation as artists working with photography and the moving image, installation in an expanded form of cinema and lens-based media. Through carefully choreographed film installations, sound works and photography 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 Star City complex in Moscow, a key site of the Russian Space Program.

In 1996 they were awarded a DAAD artists scholarship in Berlin. In 1999 they were nominated for the Turner Prize for their multi-screen installation Gamma.

Recent work and exhibitions include a new body of photographic work made during an artist residency in Korea during summer 2018. Exhibitions 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).

Recent moving Image work includes a two LED screen film installation entitled Suspended Island commissioned by BALTIC as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. 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.

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