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A Fascinating Art Project In The Dead Sea Yields Magical Results


Back in 2014, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau submerged a traditional black Victorian gown from the XIX century into the Dead Sea, a hypersaline lake among the saltiest in the world, located between Jordan, Palestine and Israel. It was the beginning of the ‘Salt Bride’ project which lasted for two years and in which she photographed the dress at various stages.

The fascinating project was inspired by a 1916 play called Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds, by Belarussian Jewish playwright S. Ansky. The play depicts a young Hasidic woman, who becomes haunted by the spirit of her dead lover, before she is exorcised. The dress is a remake of the one worn in the histrionic production of the 1920s.

“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,” Colossal writes.

After being immersed in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea for two years, the gown was brought up to the surface to go on display.


The photographer says her love affair with the Dead Sea stretches back decades, having grown up on a hill that overlooks both the Judean desert and the northern part of the lake


To shoot the photos, Landau collaborated with photographer Yotam From who had to wear over 150 pounds of weight just to submerge himself in the harsh saline water


The final installation of ‘Salt Bridge’ consisting of a series of 8 life-size photographs was exhibited at the Marlborough Contemporary gallery in London in September 2016


Sigalit Landau, who was born in Jerusalem in 1969, represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and 2011. She has exhibited in the world’s most renowned museums, including the MoMA in New York City and the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona



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