November 17th, 2003


The media attention focussing on genetic cloning sparked off my fascination with this area of research at the end of 2002. This was my interpretation of genetic cloning’s potential, a cloned reality created through digitally manipulated photographs, a parallel cloned reality of our present time.

An early component of this series involved photographing twins and I was intrigued by the inherent similarities between them. These genetic clones were further cloned using photographic processes. Cloned families followed, both conventional and less conventional ones. Family snapshots and studio portraits question and re/deconstruct notions of family and look at new family units in a cloned society.

Cloneurbia questions notions of truth associated with photography. At first glance the photographs act as a truth documents. It is on closer inspection that the digital manipulation becomes apparent as the clones reveal themselves.