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SIGALIT LANDAU SALT YEARS
“Salt Years explores two decades of Sigalit Landau’s artistic creation to both reveal and illuminate her performances, objects, installations, games, dreams, videos and desires. Since 2004, the Dead Sea has appeared as a ritualistic motif in her art. In a dramatic desert landscape, its salty sterility offset by its buoyancy, her art has co-opted the sea to transform the most threatening, or abject, memory into a crystalline object of wonder. As if in a parable, Landau has employed this process of transmutation as an analogy, amongst others, for love, for loss, for growth, for hope and for the future peaceful co-existence of the three peoples of Israel, Jordan and Palestine that border the Dead Sea’s shores.
Essays by curators, scientists, philosophers and other artists, as well as by Landau herself, give background, building bridges across the salt, to reach out into both past and future to make sense of the fractured present. Landau’s work is radical, humane and visionary. Like salt, it sustains the essence of life while also painfully salving its wounds.”
[available with Hebrew / German supplement]
Dimensions: 19.3 × 26.7 × 3.5 cm
(7½ × 10¼ × 1.4 in)
Graphic Design and Visual Editing:
Editing: David Goss
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag
Rona Cohen, Ph.D.
Luna Goldberg, M.A.
David Goss, Ph.D.
Dalia Manor, Ph.D.
Amitai Mendelsohn, Ph.D.
Thorsten Sadowsky, Ph.D.
״For me, gazing at the Dead Sea and working at Sodom is a continuous journey that is rooted in my childhood; it is also a healing ritual. The disorientation that this entails has become a way of life for me. Every time I turn, I find that Sodom has leapt from the past to the present, from east to west — and then I (re)turn to it once again.
Re-enactment is both my starting and turning point; turning back, to and fro, endlessly yearning to unveil memories of my family on the shore״
8 WRITERS | 300 COLOR IMAGES
The Art Ph(F)arm
The source for the myth of Lot’s wife
might be the terrain of the Dead Sea
itself — physical reality integrated into religious mythology.
Sigalit Landau’s ongoing Dead Sea
art project, a magnum opus, comprises artworks in diverse media.
Like the mystical Lady of the Lake,
Landau emerges from the Dead Sea, resurrecting objects and breathing new life into them. They emerge, now preserved, as if out of time, becoming part of a new mythical logic. After their second death, they are resurrected as artworks — eternally preserved in salt.
A Skinny Dip with a Pinch of Salt
While in Christianity the baptism
evolved into a symbolic act, in Judaism,
the purification of the ritual bath
remains a physical action, through the total immersion of the body in ceremonial water. The purifying capabilities of the ritual bath are only valid if the body is completely naked, without any division or barriers between flesh and water.