Selected Works

Sigalit Landau was born in 1969 in Jerusalem and spent several years in the US and the UK.

Between 1990 to 1995, she studied Art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. During this time, she spent one-semester as an exchange student at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. She currently lives and works in Israel with her partner in life and art Yotam From and her daughter Imree.

Landau creates with a diverse range of media – including drawing, sculpture, video and performance – creating works and installations which sometimes stand on their own and sometimes form complete, inclusive environments. Her complex works touch on social, historical, political, and ecological issues, embracing topics such as homelessness, banishment, and the relationships between victim and victimizer and between decay and growth. As much of her work is concerned with the human condition, the body (often her own) is a key motif and guide. Using salt, sugar, paper and ready-made objects, Landau creates large-scale in site installations, which totally change the spaces she works in.

Sigalit Landau represented Israel twice at the Venice Biennale (1997, 2011) and once in the DocumentaX [1997]. She has exhibited in some of the world’s leading venues, including the MoMA [solo project] [2008], The Berlin KW [one person exhibition] [2008], the Tel Aviv Museum of Art [one person exhibition] [2005]. Last year the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona featured a semi-retrospective of her work [2015].

Landau invites us to embark on a journey facilitated by the unique feature of one natural resource, salt. Drawing inspiration from the topographical, historical, biblical, cultural, political and environmental realms of the Dead Sea, she turns to the natural process of salt crystallization, exclusive to the Dead Sea, for her unique artistic techne. Baptizing profane objects in its waters, Landau relies on the Dead Sea to breathe life into inanimate objects, which emerge from their submertion as if belonging to a different time system, a different logic, or another planet yet their transformation unveils the divine and the eternal in nature.