Identical Twins

PhotographerRongguo Gao
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Nowadays, horoscope goes popular. People would like to judge a person through his or her signs. I don't prefer such ways to understand each other with strong preconceptions. That makes me thinking of some words in western philosophical history. St. Augustine once profoundly attacked horoscope with the twin brother issue in his "Confessions", which was not an original argument by St. Augustine, but derived from the Greek skepticism philosopher Carneades, one of the leaders in Plato’s garden. He said, "People born at the same time, differ in the temperament and fate", "people sharing the same encounters, may not necessarily born in the same moment". For the interpretation of fate, I borrow Confucius’ saying as "fifty to know the fate". There are different explanations about the fate, but the age of fifties is often called the years to know it. So, I decided to photograph identical twins over the age of fifty. He/she used to have the same face, living in the same family, but their lives changed due to various reasons after growing up. I take these identical twins in their fifties face-to-face. This is a way similar to the way one looking into the mirror, "Taking people as mirror, one can know its gain and loss by revealing oneself".

About Photographer

Gao Rongguo Born in Binzhou,Shandong in 1984. Bachelor of China Central Academy of Fine Arts 2008-2012 Group Exhibition 2015 PHODAR Biennial,Iliya Beshkov Art Gallery,Pleven,Bulgaria THE FIRST EDITION OF CHANGJIANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY &VIDEO BIENNALE ,Changjiang Museum of contemporary Art, Chongqing, China 2014 Multidimensional — Scatter explore in Broken Age,Lotus Art Museum,Beijing,China Photovisa Festival , Krasnodar, Russia WHO I AM—The 14th Pingyao International Photography Festival,Pingyao,China 2013 "La RATP invite",Palais Royale Musee du Louvre station,Paris,France PHOTOQUAI photography biennial,Quai Branly Museum ,Paris ,France 2012 Luo Zhongli Scholarship Exhibition,Chongqing Art Museum , Chongqing, China Unfolding landscapes,Sotheby's ,London,UK Annual Nomination Exhibition for Students of Contemporary Art Academies,Today Art Museum,Beijing,China THE START OF A LONG JOURNE,CAFA Art Museum,Beijing,China Struggle, KABK,The Hague,Netherlands Struggle - Caochangdi Photospring 2012 · Arles in Beijing,CAFA,Beijing,China 2011 Qi Tu Shi Chu,CAFA Art Museum,Beijing,China Awards 2012 Annual Nomination Exhibition for Students of Contemporary Art Academies , Liu Yi Award Graduation Show of Central Academy of Fine Arts , Elinchrom Award Graduation Show of Central Academy of Fine Arts , President 's Nomination Award