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Jane and Louise Wilson are British artists, often known as "The Wilson Sisters", as they are twin sisters who have exhibited and worked together throughout their career. Their work includes large multiscreen video installations and photo-pieces. They are seen as part of the Young British Artists (YBA) generation.
Louise studied for a BA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Jane at Newcastle Polytechnic (1989). For their degree show they submitted identical work (photographs where they appeared to be murdering each other, one by drowning, one with a noose). They then studied together on the MA course at Goldsmiths College, London (1990-2). They were shortlisted for the 1993 Barclays Young Artist prize; they have exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery and were included in the 1995 British Art Show.
When they left art school, they lived in King's Cross and made films of small living spaces, such as bed and breakfast rooms. Another early film showed them taking LSD for the first time. The Wilson sisters' works often feature alien institutional spaces with dominant architecture. Past subjects have been oil rigs, the archives of the Stasi in East Berlin (the building had previously been used by the Nazis and Stalin's Russia), The Houses of Parliament, and the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee designed by Victor Pasmore. The pair were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999.
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