Study for a Portrait

2006

colour, stereo
2 video projectors, 2 media players, amplifier, stereo speakers, dimensions variable

The image of a girl appears on two projections. The spectator looks at the girl assuming these are two film shots of the same child. However, when two indistinguishable girls appear on one film the observer realizes the girls are, in fact, two identical twins. The camera takes on a task here that we know from twin research. How individual can identical twins be? Do these children only behave the same when they are together or does this also happen when they are apart? The film camera is initially used as an analytical and documentary medium to describe a state. To the same degree, however, it also creates confusion and uncertainty, as the choice of images can lead one to draw the wrong conclusions about a real situation.

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