Damien Hirst, Twins, 1992
Re-performed at Kaldor Public Art Project 27: 13 Rooms, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney, 11-21 April 2013.
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born 1965 in Bristol, England
lives and works in London, Devon and Gloucestershire, England
Damien Hirst’s ambitious body of work broadly explores the themes of life, death and decay, while simultaneously parodying and taking advantage of the art world’s capitalist market.
Hirst’s Twins installation piece was first shown as Marianne, Hildegard in 1992 and requires a rotating cast of identical twins to sit in front of two of his iconic spot paintings. Rather than taking a fixed shape, the work shifts as it is performed by different sets of twins throughout a given exhibition. For 13 Rooms, the work was performed by three sets of twins who variously sat still, answered questions or offered conversation to visitors who entered the space.
Hirst has exhibited extensively worldwide, and is the subject of more than 25 monographs. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995, and in 2012 presented the major retrospective Damien Hirst at Tate Modern, spanning 25 years of his practice.