____ and Willem: Documentation of a Youth
As the title makes clear, something is missing here. Photographer Willem Popelier searches for the genesis of identity and representation, based on his own life experience, in a story about the youthful years of separated twins. By way of his clear, dry photography, Popelier steps back from the private history, creating a distance that is brought into perspective with original family photographs. The artist creates an extensive family tree and portraits of individuals and objects from the past, such as train tickets and the many keys to the twins’ various family homes. Each image is as neutral as possible a documentation of one of the segments that play a role or give insight into the story. A clever investigation from an edgy artist.
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