Anatomy of Frozen Genesis

THU September 8 - MON September 12, 10 AM - 7:30 PM, POSTCITY, Underworld
Anatomy of Frozen GenesisCredit: Dean Verzel

Dean Verzel

Anatomy of Frozen Genesis is an art project developed after a lengthy and complex process in 2011 in situ and in collaboration with the Institute of Anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. The final output was then documented by photo and video documentation of the technical and creative process.

The artwork was made by placing two dead amputated human arms in the center of an icy monolith. The two arms were set up in the same way as the contact between the divine and the human in the famous Michelangelo fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

In the reinterpretation of this biblical image, in which Michelangelo shows us the Creator as the life force and cosmic consciousness at the moment of the “divine spark” of the creation, I introduce the code of death, confronting the viewer with the metaphysical antipode of the Michelangelo’s Creation.

Anatomy of Frozen Genesis is consequently pervaded with a dramatic anxiety, which opens up various interpretations of our inner, existential and cosmological states of “the soul-and-flesh.” It also highlights the awareness of the ephemerality of the body, life and ideas.