The Dead Sea is known for two things: its salt content and, as a result, the fact that most things float in it. It takes a fair bit of determination to keep anything under the surface of the water. It seems, then, that Sigalit Landau has a fair bit of determination.
For her work entitled Salt Bride, Landau submerged an intricate and beautiful gown in the Dead Sea, suspending it in the water with wires and letting the sea’s salt crystallize over it for two months.
Occasionally, she returned to the dress to photograph its progress. In addition to the dress itself, the piece contains eight photos of the dress taken over the course of the two months. The work was inspired by S. Ansky’s 1916 play titled Dybbuk, wherein a hasidic woman is possessed by the spirit of her dead lover. The dress is meant to bear a striking resemblance to the one worn in a popular adaptation from the 1920s.
“The Salt Bride” will be on display at London’s Marlborough Contemporary until September 3rd.