The Endless Solution, 2005
Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Curator: Mordechai Omer
For this exhibition, Landau created a remote and derelict living environment populated by a community – depicted in an attempt to survive some undisclosed disaster. Both the show’s title, as well as other clues interspersed in the installation, hinted at the dark atrocities of the Second World War and the genocide of the Jewish people in the Holocaust.
Landau filled the space with layered images that were laden with local and universal meanings, both historical and contemporary. Among them were objects and video works made in the Dead Sea, a place of annihilation and purification. There were pictures of crucifixion, sacrifice and redemption, a volcano, a deadly furnace, and a concrete hive. Hung overhead were figures of Eros, the infinite force of life, suggesting that Death’s finiteness could yet be overcome.