Sigalit Landau (Israeli, b. 1969)

Sigalit Landau’s Day Done draws on a Jewish ritual in which a portion of a newly built house is left unpainted in commemoration of historical acts of destruction. Shot from a nearby building, the video documents Landau’s process of painting the area surrounding a window black. Upon completion, day turns into night and a man appears in the window to paint over the black area with white paint. Day returns, the white paint fades away, and the process is repeated.

Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Landau has referred to her country as a “nonplace full of oppositions,” a sentiment aptly illustrated in the contradiction, repetitiveness, and futility embodied by the actions within Day Done. For her 2005 video DeadSee, Landau was recorded as she floated on the Dead Sea within a spiral raft of 500 watermelons, which are often grown in the salty water to increase their sweetness. Landau is gradually released into the stinging, salty water as the formation uncurls.

Landau will represent Israel in the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Artwork in the Exhibition

Sigalit Landau, Israeli, b. 1969, Day Done, 2007, DVD (color, sound), 17:15, Courtesy of Kamel Mennour, Paris, France.