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Disturbing ideals at London’s Lisson Gallery.The Wilson sisters’ latest show veers between horror film and comedy. There’s a chunk of still photographs, but essentially they play around with the main focus of the show – a video installation piece, Erewhon, with screens on walls, ceilings and reflected in mirrors. (The best view is on the floor.)
The film depicts lots of girls in old school exercise outfits – grey or black knee-length leotards with black popsocks – doing hilarious slow-motion “exercises” adapted from images of 1903 gymnasts. Expect lots of pointy toes and odd geometric positions. These images are interspersed with strange disintegrating buildings that appear to be off-duty hospitals or schools.
The film, shot in New Zealand, explores a frightening government-sanctioned eugenics policy after WWI, where patients in sanatoriums and mental asylums were genetically experimented on in the search for a fit population. Utopian ideals never looked so disturbing.
Jane And Louise Wilson: The New Brutalists is at the Lisson Gallery, London, until 24 June 06.
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comment by starmie May 23, 2006Kentucky Derby winner getting treatment for a broken leg:
Could have been a picture in this exhibiton.
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