SIGALIT LANDAU | SALT YEARS, 2019
The Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria.
I have been creating salt-crystallized sculptures and installations throughout decades of work at the Dead Sea. Together with my team, I have carried out again and again the ritual of immersing objects in the saline waters of this unique lake. Some of the submerged objects are crafted by hand from specific materials that bear a symbolic meaning, such as barbed wire or fishing nets. Others are created from my personal belongings, and many of them stand for a world that has gone missing. By drenching the sculptures in the waters of the Dead Sea, I coat the artifacts in salt crystals, thus turning them into props that help tell the story of the unceasing transformation of all things.
I arranged these objects in site-specific, choreographed installations in the galleries of the museum at the Mönchsberg. A section of my videos, which relate both to the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean shore, were shown on two gallery floors at the Rupertinum. In these works, I addressed questions of female identity and bodily experience, as well as the political situation in Israel and the man-made disaster and consequential threat to the Dead Sea itself.
Titled Salt Years, the exhibition gathered installations featuring salt sculptures, a series of photographs made in collaboration with Yotam From, and 13 video works.
Curators: Thorsten Sadowsky with Marijana Schneider