صابون حلب

Performance installation / end studies exhibition / 2017

صابون حلب, video, 2017

This work presents the prints until exhaustion of the ink, of five engravings representing the ruins of Aleppo. The compositions come from the deliberately chaotic assembly of countless press images that have flooded us since the beginning of the conflict and which continue to flow in.

 

The process consisted of engraving five plates, inking them once and then squeezing them with an Aleppo soap, as with the spoon technique - soap replacing the tool. The nature of the exhibition venue - an old soap factory - inspired my approach and gave it meaning. For the performance, I worked relentlessly, like a washerwoman, erasing my plates.

 

Five rows of suspended prints show the progression of the prints of each engraving. Little by little, the ink decreasing on the plate, the impressions are more and more evanescent. The goal is to arrive at a blank page, at the erasure of these too full of media images: to wash the horror. These white pages are then marked with the red ink of the seal of Aleppo soap symbol of its millennial history.

The prints are hanging like so many skins offered to the wind, like the skin of Marsyas suspended by Apollo in the wind - but which continues to sing in death. I also humbly hope to pay tribute to the people sacrificed to this war.

{1} Seal of the manufacturer of an Aleppo soap factory.

Camille Dufour © / Photography : Rafaël Klepfisch © & Ithier Held ©