The Musical Jewelry Box is a symbol of Europes's expertise and past lifestyle - romantic in it's essence and in it's tradition, a small treasure chest to keep a woman's most precious charms, not intended to be shared. A seemingly ordinary music box, where a small ballerina once revolved, plays 'The Dying Swan' by Saint-Saens (instead of Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake'). Surrounded by antique jewellry of european and mixed origin, pirouettes not a ballerina, but a doner kebab. Turning like the oriental street food, this hybrid was created by Landau, using watermelan flesh, which she has dried in salt and coated with epoxy resin, to eternalise the bare barbecue dance, in front of swan-blood sprinkled mirros. The sight of blood, our innermost substance, mystically loaded with meaning throughout all cultures, is inevitably linked to the display of violence.
The Doner Kebab, the fast-food of the middle eastern cuisine, serves as a prime example for assimilation.
The eastern catering for the western civilisation, due to immigration, stands in contrast to the fear of foreign influences and their yet unknown aftermath on what is familiar to us since time immemorial. All these things come to mind with the shift Landau performs in ‘Dead Swan’: a well orchestrated collaboration, resulting in a quasi ready-made, Swiss manufactured Jewelry Music Box - the transformation of a well kept place to a street booth, perhaps a compromise of a sacred intimate treasure/phantom shared and handed out with and to strangers.
Music box, dried watermelon, epoxy resin, jewelry, tune of the Dying Swan
24 x 25 x 22 cm (9.45 x 9.84 x 8.66 in)
Edition of 36