Damien Hirst
Daniel Oliver & Christopher Oliver (detail), 2009, household gloss paint on wall, chairs and twins, dimensions variable. Installation view: Tate Modern, London, 2009–2010. © Damien Hirst,
courtesy Science Ltd., London.
Photo: © Tate Photography

Twins Search

Be part of a Damien Hirst artwork
at the National Gallery of Canada this summer

In 1992, at the Cologne Unfair art fair, British artist Damien Hirst commissioned a set of identical twins named Ingo and Torsten to spend time sitting in front of his trademark spot paintings. Dressed in identical clothing, the twins could read, knit or even play chess, so long as their actions were alike. Titled after the twins, the performance was about surface appearances, individuality, and making a scene.

Now, in 2010, the NGC plans to re-stage this iconic performance in conjunction with its presentation of Pop Life: Art in a Material World, and invites identical twins to take part in this recreation, to become works of art in their own right.

Pop Life: Art in a Material World is on view at the National Gallery of Canada from June 11 to September 19, 2010.

Applicant requirements

Twins must be aged 18 or over and identical in stature, height and appearance. During the performance, successful applicants must wear identical clothes and footwear, and have matching hairstyles and hair colour. Shifts for each performance will be four hours in length. Ideally, the twins will be able to commit to two to four hour shifts during the span of the exhibition.


All participants will be compensated for their time and will also be presented with a photographic memento of their performance, signed by Damien Hirst. Please note that participants must pay for their own travel expenses to participate.

How to apply

Twins are invited to apply by sending their name, contact information and two photographs of themselves – one full body shot and one headshot to twins@gallery.ca or by regular mail to:

Twins Project, Contemporary Art,
National Gallery of Canada,
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1N 9N4.

All applications must be received by May 7, 2010.
Successful applicants will be notified by email.