April 10, 2012

Photos from the Performance of Anatomy is Destiny

Posted in Events, Exhibitions

Anatomy is Destiny - Photos Posted!

The inaugural exhibitions, OUT OF THE BOX: Artists Play Chess and Chess Masterpieces: Highlights from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection, closed on February 12, 2012 and, while we were sad to see them leave, the performance of Liliya Lifánova’s Anatomy is Destiny was a great success in marking the close of these exhibitions.

ulmer1024116967506px72dpiLiliya Lifánova, Anatomy is Destiny: The Wardrobe, Game in Waiting, 2009. Mixed-media installation.

The event was the performance component to the installation of the garments and chessboard (seen above) in which performers don the garments and execute the moves of the chess match between Marcel Duchamp and his female alter ego Rrose Sélavy, envisioned by the artist Arman in 1972. Lifánova created the garments to restrict the movement of the performers to mimic the movement of each piece on the board and drew inspiration from military uniforms. She even devised a method of ranking each chess piece based on its importance in the game - from pawn to king. 

aid-wchof425506px72dpiAnatomy is Destiny performance at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Photo Courtesy of S. Carmody Photography

Anatomy is Destiny was performed in its entirety on February 15th at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Lifánova and choreographer Davy Bisaro sought out 32 local volunteers and were thrilled by the results. Many participants had background in dance or theatre, others just interested in the work, but each individual brought something valuable to the performance and helped to make it a success. The performance here in Saint Louis was the third enactment of Anatomy is Destiny since it’s creation in 2009.

Check out our exhibitions archive and Liliya Lifánova’s website for more information and photos on Anatomy is Destiny. 

Photo galleries of the event can be found on our Facebook and Flickr pages.

Full-length video of the event coming soon!