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Aleppo Soap – the oldest soap in the world – shifts from the refined gesture of the civilized man to become the symbol of a destructive and brutal force.

The process of soap-making was developed during ancient times in the Levant region where Aleppo was one of the main city. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, soap was reintroduced and spread in the West by the Crusaders as soon as the 12th century. Emmanuel Tussore transformes this fragile, malleable and organic material into a series of sculptures, installations, photographs and films. In his hands, Aleppo Soap – the oldest soap in the world – shifts from the refined gesture of the civilized man to become the symbol of a destructive and brutal force. The ruins tell absence, missing, loss, exile and questioned the fundamental notions of humanism. Highlighting the remains of an intimate story as part of the collective memory, they allow all hopes for a possible reconstruction.

Emmanuel TUSSORE

Emmanuel Tussore (1984, France) is interested in the notion of moving and he shakes the idea of borders. Graduated from Institut d’Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya in Barcelona, his practice involves photography, video, sculpture, installation and performance. Inspired from history and current events, he proposes a symbolic and imaginary vision of a tragic world in which the notion of disappearance predominates. His work has been shown in France and in international exhibitions such as Danse Elargie 2018 at the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Circulation(s) 2018, festival of emerging European photographers, Berlinale 2017, Berlin International Film Festival, Nuit Blanche Paris 2016 Palais de Tokyo, Nuit Blanche Bruxelles 2016, Dak’Art 2016 Biennale of Contemporary African Art, LagosPhoto Festival 2016, New York Photo Festival 2010.