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Invisibility Adores and Abhors a Photograph: Jane and Louise Wilson’s Moving Image Installations

Guerin, Frances (2018) Invisibility Adores and Abhors a Photograph: Jane and Louise Wilson’s Moving Image Installations. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 17 (2-3). pp. 188-205. ISSN 1470-2029. (doi:10.1080/14702029.2018.1466453) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55987)

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This article examines the power of invisibility to provoke and unsettle in two of the Wilson’s installations: Stasi City (1997) and A Free and Anonymous Monument (2003). The two installations are distinct, and by no means repeat their claims. Nevertheless, their juxtaposition gives insight into some of the different guises of invisibility threaded through two of the Wilson’s most visible installations. Through an exposure of the invisible, I argue that the Wilson sisters’ experimental images and installations are involved in a complex multi-layered critique of otherwise secret political and ideological structures, structures and systems that are in every way off-limits. The two installations do not just make visible what is invisible – state crimes, personal violation, abandonment, social neglect – they probe this invisibility and find what it is not permissible to visualize.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14702029.2018.1466453
Uncontrolled keywords: Jane and Louise Wilson, Stasi City, A Free and Anonymous Monument, dereliction, photography
Subjects: N Visual Arts
N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
N Visual Arts > NB Sculpture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Frances Guerin
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 17:47 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:56 UTC
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