jeudi 9 février 2012

Identical twins (1967)

Diane Arbus was born on 1923 and died in 1971. She is a key in the history of 20th century art. This exhibition presents a selection of 200 photographs like this photo called "Identical twins" taken in 1967. Diane Arbus said "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know".
Diane Arbus had taken this photo of twins. She was fascinated by twinning. Two identical sisters are dressed the same way with black dresses with a white collar and a white head band. They are on the street. The only difference between twins is the contrast in their facial expressions. The girl on the left is sad, she has a blank stare and the girl on the right is happy, she is smiling. So they are identical but they don't feel the same.
It interested me because twins are so identical and different at the same time ! It's disturbing.
I would ask the artist about this work if she were here because I would know where this was taken exactly and why she tooks twins. I would give a tittle to this photo "Identical but different" or "a different fate".
I think this photograph was taken one Sunday afternoon (girls are well dressed), maybe in spring. I suppose the artist made this photo because they had different visions of life so I suppose that it interested Diane a lot.
I think everybody should see this exhibition, in particular people whose like photography and would be fascinated or disturbed. This exhibition is at "Jeu de Paume" museum place de La Concorde in Paris.
 Go there. Don't hesitate.

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