Plus, one of the works that Landau showed at the 2011 Biennale has definite thematic links to her latest dramatic piece. After all, visitors to the exhibition could see her film of a pair of shoes covered – just like the dress – in Dead Sea salt, melting the ice of a frozen Polish lake and, eventually, sinking into its waters.
For her dress project, though, Landau also drew inspiration from the now-classic play The Dybbuk. Written by S. Ansky from 1913 to 1916, the piece tells the story of a Hasidic Jewish woman who becomes seemingly controlled by the ghost of a deceased lover.
In particular, it was the gown that the play’s lead character Leah wore that Landau would take her cues from. As a result, then, a copy of the dress that was worn in 1920s stage renditions of The Dybbuk became a key part of the artist’s ambitious new endeavor.