Sigalit Landau was born in 1969 and raised in Jerusalem. She currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Today Sigalit Landau ranks amongst the most successful Israeli artists. Sigalit Landau represented Israel in the Venice Biennale in 1997 and was included in Documenta X, 1997. Her works have been shown at numerous prestigious art institutions including MOMA, New York and Pompidou Centre, Paris, with international solo exhibitions at public institutions including P.S.1, New York, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Contemporary Fine Art, Berlin, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Sigalit Landau has been awarded the Israeli Art Prize of the Nathan Gottesdiemer Foundation and the Ingeborg Bachmann Stipend.Â
Sigalit Landau has an incredibly wide oeuvre encompassing video, performance, sculpture, and multimedia installation. Sigalit Landauâ€™s works, which are centered largely around the body, explore borders, rituals, and history and are loaded by the political character of her native Israel. Landau has said of her work â€śArt is an opportunity for me to survive the tragedy of my countryâ€ť .
Site is paramount to Sigalit Landauâ€™s artworks. Recently Sigalit Landau has produced several video works that explore the Isreali landscape in a performative manner. In DeadSee (2005) Landauâ€™s body floats amongst a spiral of green watermelons on the surface of the Dead Sea, the spiral slowly uncurling and pulling her body along with it across the water. The work is indicative of Sigalit Landauâ€™s formal attention to aesthetics and thematic concerns of mortality and bodily vulnerability in her works, which are rich in symbolism.