Israeli artist Sigalit Landau uses the world’s saltiest sea as her laboratory. Everyday objects are “baptized” by immersing them in the Dead Sea for months. Completely covered in salt, they obtain a hypnotizing effect. The transience of objects is transposed into the poetic aura of crystalline permanence.
In this form, issues of female identity and bodily experience, the shadows of the Holocaust, the tense political situation in Israel as well as questions of justice, structural violence, and economic exploitation of nature are negotiated. Salt Years is both a catalogue of these works created at the Dead Sea and a visually stunning documentation of the artist’s process.
SIGALIT LANDAU (*1969, Jerusalem) is one of the most important contemporary artists in Israel. Her works have been shown in many big venues in Israel, the US and Europe, including documenta and the Venice Biennale. Her latest exhibition at Museum der Moderne Salzburg (6 July –17 November, 2019) is comprised of several readymades, immersed in the Dead Sea, plus a selection of her most significant video works.
Sigalit Landau 'Salt Years' (Hatje Cantz, texts by David Goss, Rona Cohen, Amitai Mendelsohn, Eli Raz, Dalia Manor, Tal Sterngast, Luna Goldberg, Sigalit Landau, Thorsten Sadowsky, 2019. 400 pages, 198 ills., hardcover, 19.3 x 26.7 cm, ISBN 978-3-7757-4623-6).