Sigalit Landau, ‘From DeadSee tif 16’, 2005, Koller Auctions

Edition 4/6. Signed on a seperate label: Sigalit Landau, as well as titled. Sheet size 56 x 99.4 cm on photopaper. Probably minimally trimmed.

This is a film still from the video DeadSee from 2005, a performance in which the artist positions herself within and holds on to a 150 metre coil of 500 watermelons. Like everything in the Dead Sea, the watermelons and the artist herself float on the surface. The watermelon coil slowly unravels. Landau holds on to the open watermelons, which like her, are exposed to the burning of the salt water.

DeadSee was first displayed as part of the "The Endless Solution" installation in the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

Purchased at Alon Segev Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Since then private collection Switzerland.

About Sigalit Landau

Sigalit Landau merges a range of personal and national concerns in her site-specific installations, performances, and videos. Although Landau calls herself a “bridge maker”—connecting East and West, past and present—her complex works tend to focus on circularity and often reference her native Israel. Barbed Hula (2000) is a video of the artist, who is nude on an beach in Israel, performing a dance with a barbed-wire hula hoop, while in DeadSee (2005), she floats amidst an unraveling coil of watermelons, turning over each fruit to reveal its blood-red flesh. Her works often fuse performance and installation, improvisation and explicit reference to the excesses of consumerism. In Thread Waxing Space Installation (2001), for example, she occupied a gallery space for three weeks, filling it with spun sugar that she would wade through, replenish, and unwittingly send home with visitors as it stuck to their clothing

Israeli, b. 1969, Jerusalem, Israel

Solo Shows

Marlborough Contemporary, 
London ,
Sigalit Landau: Salt Bride
Hezi Cohen Gallery, 
Tel Aviv,

Fair History on Artsy

Marlborough Contemporary at Art Brussels 2016
Hezi Cohen Gallery at Artissima 2015
Hezi Cohen at Artissima 2014
Marlborough Contemporary at Art Brussels 2014
Marlborough Contemporary at art cologne 2014