Peter Skwiot Smith
Hito 2009 - Martina Bacigalupo
"I have been working on identical twins since a long time. At the start, I was fascinated by differences, the variations, the uniqueness of each other, within the same genetic code. And I focused on the details that made that different, and their struggle to create their own identity.
Then, throughout the years, and especially through the Burundian experience, the work took me elsewhere. I realized the importance of the other, for the identity process, its essential role: the other no longer as a limit, but as an opportunity.
And the idea of Hito came forward.
The Japanese ideogram used to represent the human being: the image of two people leaning one to another.
What makes human is: to stand together. If one steps back, the other falls.”
The Passion, circa 1970’s
Photographer: Oliviero Toscani