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Sigalit Landau at the Forum

The Ram in the Thicket

Sigalit Landau is a self-styled citizen of the world whose art seeks to universalise her native country of Israel. At the Forum, she invites the viewer to experience the fascinating spectacle of olive-harvesting in the sunshine of her home country, and the emotive power of conversations between unseen women.  

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Sigalit Landau at the Forum
© Sigalit Landau

Born in Jerusalem in 1969, Sigalit Landau grew up in a bilingual, multicultural family, living in Philadelphia, London and all over Israel. As a visual artist accustomed to international living, Landau sees her work as a catalyst for connections, linking past and future, the private and the public, and her homeland to the rest of the world, drawing on a wide range of media (sculpture, video, installations etc.) to explore themes of the body, memory and transition – in often cathartic mode. Landau has achieved international acclaim for her work, and represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 2011.   

Landau’s show at the Forum features two distinct projects. The first takes us to the heart of the Israeli olive harvest. Four videos offer four different viewpoints of the machine used to shake the trees violently, releasing the fruit. After the spectacle of the tortured trees, the viewer regains the quiet of the open fields. The harvesting machine itself features in the show as a sculpture designed to shake human beings with equal ferocity.

The second element is an installation created specially for the Forum, reproducing an interior from the 1950s. Women’s voices emanate from the sitting-room and kitchen, talking about their lives, passing on songs and recipes. These absent women open their intimate existence to us, through the magic of their voices, and the evocative power of their recreated domestic environment.

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Le Forum, Tokyo, Japan 5-4-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 8 pm Sunday, 11 am - 7 pm

Free admission : from 17/05/2013 to 18/08/2013