Want a Crystalline Gown? Leave Your Dress Submerged In The Dead Sea For Three Months


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Sigalit Landau is an Israeli artist who made headlines in 2014 when she submerged a 19th century-style gown in the Dead Sea. The latest project of Landau is titled Salt Bride for which she submerged a black dress in the lifeless Dead Sea. The transformation of the dress over three months is an incredible sight.

 

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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary
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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

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Landau collaborated with Yotam From for the photographic documentation of the transformation of the dress. Not only did the costume change from black to a pearly, shimmering, crystalline white; the shape of the dress also changed distinctly.

 

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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary
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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary
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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

 

The photographs are currently being exhibited in London at the Marlborough Contemporary art gallery.

 

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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

 

The dress resembles the one worn by one of the characters in The Dybbuk, a Yiddish play written by S, Ansky. The play describes the exorcism of a bride possessed by the evil. Landau’s work brings together the themes of Death and Change.

“Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.”

 

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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary
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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

 

Previously, Landau created floating art with watermelons in the sea. In her statement, she said:

“Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place. Still the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas, and understandings. It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined.”

 

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Image Source: Sigalit Landau, Matanya Tausig, Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

 

The series of eight photographs titled the Salt Bride will be displayed at the Marlborough Contemporary till September 3.

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