Study for a soap

The process of soap making emanated in the earliest antiquity from the Levant region of which Aleppo is a main city. Aleppo soap first became famous in the West when 12th century crusaders took it back to Europe. Made of olive oil, laurel oil and lye, its large earth tone bars promise hygiene, soft skin, and even cures for many ailments.

But when considered as a material, Aleppo Soap – the oldest soap in the world – is fragile and malleable, allowing Tussore to transform it by carving, photographing or constructing walls out of it. Through this process of manipulation, the soap’s meaning shifts from the refined gesture of the civilized man to the symbol of a destructive brute force.

 with the support of TADE PAYS DU LEVANT