All Same, All Different
All Same, All Different (2014) nis a comment on the growing racism and xenophobia in Sweden. The work was produced in May 2014, three month before the general election in Sweden, in which the far rightwing party, Sverigedemokraterna, gained 12.9% of the votes.
The photographic portrait has had a significant role in the creation of Same and Other. Physiognomy and eugenics informed photography was exercised for example by Francis Galton and Alphonse Bertillon, and developed further by the Herman Lundborg at the State Institute of Racial Biology in Uppsala, Sweden. These pseudo sciences included the study of twins. Identical twins were measured, weighed and photographed. In All Same All Different I utilise my own identity as a non-identical twin. This becomes a starting point for a suggestion of humanity as unmeasurable – and in the context of the paradoxical role of the photograph as a visual marker of recognition.