Artist’s Photo Series Documents Wedding Dress’ Dead Sea Transformation to Salt Crystals

Sigalit Landau Salt Bride

Now on exhibit at Marlborough Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in London is Israeli artist Sigalit Landau’s “Salt Bride” photography series, which documents the transformation of a black dress submerged in the Dead Sea for three months in 2014.

The dress is a replica of a garment worn by the female character Leah in the Yiddish play, The Dybbuk, about a bride possessed and later exorcised of a demon. Via the gallery:

“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.”

Eight large color prints are on display until September 3, 2016.

For more on this exhibit, visit Marlborough Contemporary.

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