Key of Life
Scheltema Contemporary Gallery, Leiden
Traditionally, humans have been inextricably linked to concepts such as soul, consciousness and free will. But since technical developments such as MRI scans have enabled us to literally see between our ears, that picture has changed. In Key of Life, nostalgic ideas about who we are become shattered.
Brain scans are precise scientific photographs but they are incomplete records. They pose problems of interpretation, even for doctors. I became fascinated by their ambiguity: the gap between what they do show (the physical structure of the brain) and what they don’t – the self.