Sigalit Landau "Salted Lake", 2011
- 21 Nov. 2014 - 15 Feb. 2015
- Capella MACBA
The transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century has left deep marks in the world’s configuration and, therefore, in the way it can be represented. The consolidation of economic globalisation, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the break-up of the Soviet Union and the emergence of new political entities in Europe led to a redesigning of the borders, capitals, centres and peripheries: new worlds within the old world. The destruction of the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001 effectively marked the end of the twentieth century, known until then as ‘the century of the image’.
It was in this context of the change of an era that Sigalit Landau began her career in the mid-nineties. Her sculptural works deal with symbols, images and narratives that reflect her historical, personal and cultural condition.
Phoenician Sand Dance takes its title from the almost ubiquitous sand and the sea: the topos of the performative rituals that constitute the nucleus of Landau’s video works. This is the artist’s first exhibition to focus on this medium and the way it is used to make sculptures with living bodies and interacting objects. Landau’s video sculptures condense a time in which actions appear to have no beginning or end. They are descriptive, not narrative: they narrate the absence of progress and recovery; they describe the need of the other in play, survival and conflict.
Exhibition organised and produced by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Curated by Bartomeu Marí