Bridge of Ripples, 2021
4 min. 51 sec.
In Sigalit Landau’s new work, we see a young man walking through an arid streambed, looking at the ground, searching for rocks, and examining and selecting them one by one. Hesitantly, he advances via a narrow path of dark, sulfurous mud until he reaches the shores of the Dead Sea. There, he expertly skips the collected stones across the surface of the water towards the sea’s eastern side. From the beach, we can see the stones cutting through the air and water before sinking to the bottom of the lowest place on planet Earth.
Sigalit Landau (b. 1969, Israel) is an interdisciplinary artist who creates installations in video, photography, and sculpture. Her work has been presented at major museums and art institutes around the world, including MoMA in New York, FKA Witte de With in Rotterdam, documenta in Kassel, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Armory Show in New York, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Landau exhibited her work at the Israeli pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale. Among her awards and recognitions are the London Times/Artangel Grant, the Gottesdiener Foundation Prize, and the Tel Aviv Art Museum Sandel Prize, as well as the Israel Museum’s Kolliner Prize and Sandberg Prize. Her work is included in the collections of MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Jewish Museum of New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Castile-León Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC), in León, Spain, Magasin III in Stockholm, the Kunstmuseum Kloster in Magdeburg, Germany, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, and the Generali Foundation in Austria.