Saturday, August 27, 2016

Salt crystals

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Salt Crystals

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For her latest project, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau decided to submerge a black gown in the Dead Sea. The gown entered the salt-rich waters in 2014 and was recently removed for display, and as you can see from these stunning pictures, the end result is nothing short of magical.
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The project is an eight-part photo series called Salt Bride and was inspired by S. Ansky’s 1916 play titled Dybbuk. The play is about a young Hasidic woman who becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover, and Landau’s salt-encrusted gown is a replica of the one worn in the dramatic production of the 1920s.
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Landau periodically checked on the black gown in order to capture the gradual process of salt crystalisation that you can see in the photographs.
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Sigalit Landau (born in Jerusalem, 1969, lives and works in Tel Aviv) first represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1997 in a group show, followed by a solo presentation in the Israel national pavilion in 2011. She has featured in numerous exhibitions and museums, such as Documenta X in 1997, MoMA, New York in 2008 and a retrospective at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in 2014. Her work is found in many major collections, including MoMA and Centre Pompidou.
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This isn’t the first time Landau has used the Dead Sea to create, she’s submerged various other objects over the years to create some amazing salty masterpieces.
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All images copyright Sigalit Landau.

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1 comment:

Mary said...

You would think the salt would destroy the fabric, amazing. I could not stop looking at the photos.