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Nir, 2014

Installation, 180 x 210 x 113 cm

Sigalit Landau built these three installations in the context of the exhibition held at the Capella MACBA in 2014. While initially they formed one work with the title Yotam, the artist decided to fragment this into three parts: Yotam, Nir and Angel. The titles are a tribute to some of the people who helped in the installation.

Built to resemble metal water pipe systems with valves, taps and meters, they form a closed circuit of forms that rise, fall, separate and meet again. In an interview, the artist related these works with the human body: ‘The presence of water in the piece symbolises blood irrigating the body and this liquid, so scarce for billions of people, becomes a metaphor for the knowledge and feelings that connect us and organise our common destiny.’

Finally, and more literally, these installations recall the plethora of pipes on the façades of houses and buildings in Tel Aviv, home of the artist. While in other cities the bowels of the buildings remain hidden, in Tel Aviv they are in plain sight, an image that forms part of any typical street scene. But these works also refer to another reality of Israeli geography (Landau’s country of origin): because of the lack of water, especially in desert areas, an extensive over-ground pipeline system carries water from underground aquifers. These pipes stretching across the territory are part of the aesthetic landscape of this Middle Eastern country.


Technical details

Original title:
Nir
Registration number:
5234
Artist:
Landau, Sigalit
Date created:
2014
Date acquired:
2015
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Installation
Media:
Metal pipes and watermeters
Dimensions:
180 x 210 x 113 cm (height x width x depth)
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to Gas Natural Fenosa
Copyright:
© Sigalit Landau
It has accessibility resources:
Yes

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