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Witkin & Witkin - Cracking the Frame

Identical twins Joel-Peter en Jerome Witkin: they look exactly the same, both are artist. Filmmaker Trisha Ziff shows how different they are

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Witkin & Witkin

Brooklyn, 13 September 1939: Joel-Peter and Jerome Witkin, identical twins, are born. They not only share all their genes and are similar in their physical appearance, but they also both grow up to be artists: Joel-Peter becomes a photographer, Jerome a painter. And the resemblance continues: the work of both brothers is dark, sometimes downright macabre. But that's where the similarities end. Joel-Peter often photographs misshapen people, a subject choice that stems from his deep love for his disabled grandmother. "God doesn't make mistakes. If a person is physically different, that difference is part of the masterpiece." Having witnessed the atrocities of World War II and endured the loss of his son, Jerome on the other hand makes paintings that are permeated with a sense of death.

Director Trisha Ziff depicts the life and work of the two brothers. Being one of identical twins is apparently not easy. When she arranges for them to reunite in Mexico City after a long separation, we meet two completely different people.