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Salt Bride

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"Photographed underwater, working in collaboration with Yotam From, these images document the transformation of a dress submerged in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. The traditional Hasidic garment shown in the photographs is a replica of the costume worn by the female character Leah in the canonical Yiddish play, The Dybbuk. d7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront-1 Written by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and subsequently exorcised. In Landau’s Salt Bride series, Leah’s black garb is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric. 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. d7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront Landau’s practice is deeply connected with the Dead Sea. The artist shot some of her most iconic videos in its water, and has been experimenting with the salt crystallization of objects for years. The Dead Sea – the lifeless, lowest place on earth, in which the dress was immersed in one state, and from which it was pulled out in a very different form – sets an anticipated yet uncontrolled organic process in motion." www.marlboroughlondon.com Salt Bride, a series of eight large colour prints by Sigalit Landau is on display at Marlborough Contemporary, London, until 3 September.


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