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Sigalit Landau

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"The Country" (Detail), 2002, Iron and Paper
Sigalit Landau’s topographically transformed cargo containers established the artist’s conceptual terms. An encounter with the real is evoked by Landau’s sculptural works and museum installations, which posit monstrous heaps, charred tents, scratched doors, and other unsettling items amid typically austere architectural surroundings, corrupting their boundaries. Sigalit Landau often collects materials and creates components for her projects through a lived experience of place. She works with taken-for-granted procedures such as entries and exits, trash removal systems, etc. Ideas for her projects emerge through these encounters, and her manipulation of materials reflects a paradoxical attitude of suspicion towards urban topography, architecture, preservation, history, and body. Perpetual conflict between survival and the wish to become neither victim nor victimizer – an updated vision of return to a "conscientious nomadic community."
Landau has participated in group exhibitions in Israel and Europe. In 1997 she participated in the Venice Biennale and Documenta X. Landau also exhibited in the New Work UK competition at the Chisenhale Gallery, London in 1999. Artangel in London commissioned a new nomadic work during Spring 2000. She lives in Tel Aviv.
"The Country," Landau's solo exhibition at the Gallery, September-November, 2002 drew over 14,000 viewers and became the unprecedented sensation of Israeli art in recent years.

Selected Articles and Reviews:

"Anatomy of a Winner", The London Times, May 7th 1999, Richard Cork
"Sigalit Landau", The New York Times, June 1st 2001, Roberta Johnson
"Sigalit Landau", Frieze, October 2001, Charles LaBelle
"Report from Tel-Aviv; Israel's Guernica ", Art in America, May 2003, Philip Leider

Sigalit Landau

1969 born in Israel

Lives and works in Israel


1995 Post graduate extended studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem, Israel
1994 Graduated from Bezalel B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
1993 First semester of 4th year study at the Cooper Union, New York


2002 American Israeli Culture Foundation scholarship
2001 Young Artist Prize, Ministry of Science and Culture, Israel
2001 Acquisition Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1999 Winner of the ArtAngel/Times commissions 2000 competition, London
1998 Artist-in-residence at the Hoffmann Collection, Berlin
1996 The Ingeborg Bachman Scholarship, established by Anselm Kiefer, Wolf Foundation.
1994 Mary Fisher Prize, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
1994 American Israeli Culture Foundation scholarship
1993 Sculpture Prize awarded by the Jewish National Fund

Solo Exhibitions

2004 (Forthcoming) Tel Aviv Museum, Curator: Professor Mordechai Omer
2002 “The Country,” Installation, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2002 Video installation, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Curator: Jonathan Watkins
2001 The 'Thread Waxing Space,' Installation, New York, USA. Curator: Lia Gangitano
2000 “Show and Project Somnambulin-Station 1,” – Public space performance and sound vehicle journey. Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK. Curators: Zoe Sherman & Tom Trevor.
1997 Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
1997 “Resident Alien – 2,”“Documenta X,” Kassel, Germany. Curator: Catherine David
1997 “Resident Alien –1 and Installation,” the Israeli Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy. Curator: Sara Breitberg-Semel.
1996 “Voorwerk 5,” Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Curator: Bartomeu Mari.
1996 "Resident Alien -1,” Art Focus 96, The Herzelia Museum of Art, Israel
1995 “Grrr…/Temple Mount,” Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Curators: Yigal Tsalmona & Sarit Shapira

Group Exhibitions

2003 "Rose Bleed", ArtFocus, Jerusalem
2003 "Borderlines", Theaterfestival 2003, deSingel Antwerpen
2003 "Young Israeli Art", Tel Aviv Museum
2003 "Affirmative Action", Tel Aviv Museum
2003 “Orifice,” Australian Center for Contemporary Arts, Victoria
2003 “Bordelines,” 'deSingle', Antwerpen
2003 “Spiritus,” Magasin3, Stockholm Konsthall/Göteborgs Konstmuseum/Douglas Hide Gallery Dublin. [Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden; Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden; Bomuldsfabrikens Kunsthall, Norway; Sundsvalls Museum, Sweden; Länsmuseet Gävleborg, Sweden; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden; Douglas Hide Gallery, Dublin, Ireland]
2003 “35 prints: 35 Years of Occupation,” Group show: 35 Israeli and Palestinian artists against the occupation and for a shared tomorrow. Artists’ House, Jerusalem

2003 ‘Attack !’ Vienne Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
2002 "Land of Shadows,” Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2002 "Side Effect." Midrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2002 Nov/Dec. Herzliya Museum of Art. Group show. “Paradise” in the framework of Video-Zone, the 1st International Video-Art Biennial in Israel
2002 “Imagin.” Um-El-Fahem & Tel-Aviv (Plonit Gallery). Group show against 35 years of occupation; Curator: Moshe Moograbi
2001 “Spunky,” ExitArt, New York
2001 “Forceful Drawing,” Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv
2001 “Messages to the New Millennium: Israel Art Today,” Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan Curators: Galia Bar-Or & Itaru Hirano
2001 “Action Express” – video-art group show. Rahel and Israel Pollack, Gallery 5, Kalisher. Curator, Nomi Aviv
2001 Israel Museum, Jerusalem, show of prize works
2001 “Looking In Looking At – Self Portrait” Bezalel Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curators: Rami Maimon & Elizabeth Wurtzel
2001 “Somnambulin,” LeQuartier, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Quimper, France. Curator: Dominique Abansur
2002 Video-art group show at Bezalel Gallery, Tel-Aviv
2000 “Bauchhaus/Somnabulin – Station 2”, Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany. Curator: Hans Gerke.
2000 “Angel of History," The Herzelia Museum of Art, Israel. Curator: Ariella Azoulay
2000 "Wish List," Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Curator: Sarit Shapira
1999 “The Natives are Restless,” Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
1999 "Tales of the Sand," The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK. Curators: Graeme Murray & Sarit Shapira
1998 "Ninety Years of Israeli Art,” the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. Curator: Prof. Mordechai Omer.
1998 “Hebrew Work,” Ein Harod Museum, Israel. Curator: Galia Bar-Or
1998 “Political Art in the 90’s,” Haifa Museum of Art, Israel. Curator: Ilana Tenenbaum
1997 “Imprisoned without Trial,” Bet-Ha-Am, Tel-Aviv. Curators, Ariella Azoulay & Haim Lusky
1996 “The Event Horizon,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland. Curator: Michael Tarantino
1996 Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1996 “Meoozan,” Artists’ Association House, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Nehama Golan
1995 “1 : 1 More or Less,” Kibbutz Nachshon Gallery. Curator: Yael HaKeini
1994 “Transit, ”Art Focus 94, Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, Israel. Curator: Sarit Shapira
1994 “Export Surplus,” Art Focus 94, Bograshov Gallery and Beach Breakwater, Tel Aviv, Israel. Curator: Ariella Azoulay


Sigalit Landau

23 Shaul Hamekech Blvd.
Tel Aviv 64367



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