One man’s floor is another man’s feelings. Israeli Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Interview with Sigalit Landau by Ilari Valbonesi.
Based on Landau’s historical research, the launching point for the new installation is the small three-tiered Israeli Pavilion building in which her exhibit will dwell – a structure designed in the modernist style. The title the artist has already given to her work for the pavilion, “One man’s floor is another man’s feelings” is a variation on the familiar saying “one man’s floor is another man’s ceiling”, which here becomes feelings. With this title, we might guess that the installation will evoke the interdependence of human beings and the sharing of riches. But the water that will be present all over the pavilion, like blood irrigating the body, is not only the precious liquid so scarce for billions of people, but it becomes a metaphor for the knowledge, sharing and feelings that connect us to each other and organize our common destiny. Like salt deposited on an object or penetrating a wound, the journey that Sigalit Landau is plotting for Venice, crystallizes the fears and hopes of these uncertain times.
Sigalit Landau was born in 1969 in Jerusalem. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, at the Gallery Kamel Mennour, Paris, at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as well as the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, and is at the moment presented as part of the Centre Pompidou’s collections in the collective exhibition elles@centrepompidou.