Three Men Hula

Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, © Sigalit Landau

Sigalit Landau

Three Men Hula, 1999

Video, color, silent, 1 min 36 sec. (Loop), Edition: 8/18 + 2 A. P.


Artwork text

Landau creates sculptural works and installations and makes videos in which she usually plays the leading role herself. "Three Men Hula" was created in 1999 at the Chisenhale Gallery, London, where it was presented for the first time. The hula performance shows a trio of young men, three actors who have known each other since childhood. They seem trapped in their movements, as if in a hermetically sealed world, at the center of the centrifugal force of an oversized hula hoop with a diameter of three meters, which they let rotate around the middle of their bodies. Their task of keeping the hoop in the air through constant movements - against gravity - can only succeed if they act together as a single body. A metaphor that is of explosive importance not only for Israel and the European community, but for all countries in the world. Landau is currently pursuing the Salt Bridge geopolitical project. Her vision is a platform in the middle of the Dead Sea that connects Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian autonomous territories via three bridge arms. (Doris Leutgeb)