Twin X is a group exhibition celebrating a decade of emerging creativity in London that draws on the archive of biannual fashion and art publication Twin Magazine. Curated collectively by Twin founder Becky Smith; Twin art editor and curator Francesca Gavin; curator and gallerist Antonia Marsh; image director Holly Hay; and Twin fashion editor Naomi Miller; the exhibition culminates at the intersection of fashion, photography and art. Each curator brings their own personal lens to an initial edit of Twin’s rich back catalogue to shape a final series of images that collectively represent the magazine’s ten-year history.
The exhibition displays specially-commissioned editorial images that focus on independence and individualism - themes that originated in 2009 with the conception of the magazine and continues to develop today. The diverse collection is brought together by a shared foundation in portraiture and the figurative. The show deconstructs this central narrative into four sections: Photographers, Models, People and the Unseen; exploring how these characters, faces, and artists are defining the nature of contemporary creativity, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the world of image-making.
Work by distinguished photographers such as Colin Dodgson, Boo George, Cass Bird, Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, Dexter Navy, and Akinola Davies Jr amongst others, will be on show, alongside seminal images featuring models and characters such as Alek Wek, Chloë Sevigny and Louise Bourgeois. The Unseen section will feature never-before-seen outtake shots from the magazine’s photographic archive.
Becky Smith says: “As publications have come under increased pressure to compromise over the last decade, Twin has remained a distinct and independent platform for pure creativity. The show celebrates the artists that have helped shape and define Twin’s bold, independent voice. A voice that originated in 2009 and continues to evolve today.”