This Is What Happens When You Submerge A Dress In The Dead Sea…
We often say we know a place if we recognize it by name. For example, the Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is known for its location, name, and hypersaline waters. Despite our recognition, there remains a distance.
For artist Sigalit Landau, who grew up in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea has breathed life and character into her projects in literal and imaginative ways. There is still a mystique, but she has walked its shores since childhood, so one might say that her work is of the sea.
One of Landau's recent projects started out with a simple black gown. In 2014, she submerged the long-sleeved gown into the lake and documented its transformation over a period of three months. The dark fabric served as a magnetic backdrop for the wanting salt.
The artist described the changes with delicate and romantic words, saying it was "like snow, like sugar, like death's embrace."
The series, which we have included below, consists of 8 photographs total, and is available for viewing at London's Marlborough Contemporary.
Sigalit Landau presents Salt Bride, an eight-part photo series and collaboration with Yotam From, at Marlborough Contemporary in London.
This project was inspired by S. Ansky's The Dybbuk (Between Two Worlds), a play centered on a young woman, Leah, who is possessed by her dead lover.
Landau placed a black gown in the Dead Sea and observed how it changed over the next three months.
The gown, a traditional Hasidic garment, is a replica of one used in a 1920s stage production of the play.
Landau was hoping to echo similar themes of 'romance and sorcery' that she found in The Dybbuk
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