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Nicolas Momein

Bouilleur de savon

Natural landscapes


Nicolas Momein was born in 1980 in Saint-Étienne (France);
lives and works in Paris (France)

“With Nicolas Momein’s modus operandi, it could well be that objects, primarily, are deemed to be instruments whose potential must be exploited, and that the sculptor’s activity contributes to the creation of a sort of organology. The latter flows from the study of trite and functional objects — from farming equipment for shoeing cattle to Charentaise slippers (also widespread in the countryside), from the soaps used in schools (…) to lounge sofas — and is developed through various work steps and protocols.”1 Nicolas Momein walked around the Grand Parc Miribel Jonage to discover its residents and users. His wanderings kindled a desire to reactivate his project Bouilleur de savon (“Soap Boiler”), first presented in 2017 at the Villa du Parc in Annemasse. Various extractions from the park’s plants, and the creativity of his swimmers — who, on the beach, agreed to try out the artist’s soap recipe — yield a production of perfumed emulsions that generates movement between the world of everyday uses and the world of art; between artisanal manufacture and artistic concept. The soap comes in every state: from liquid to soft to solid.

1 Extrait de [from] Christophe Kihm, L’Objet de Nicolas Momein pour l’exposition [for the exhibition]
Sacré géranium à la [at] Galerie White Project, Paris, 2013.

> Download the soap recipe (in French only)

Nicolas Momein, Bouilleur de savon, 2019. Public display at the Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, in the frame of the artist’s residency with Veduta/15e Biennale de Lyon. © Blandine Soulage


Bouilleur de savon at the Fête de l’automne and during the Veduta Inhabitants Weekend #1

Saturday 21 sept. from 10am to 4pm
Grand Parc Miribel Jonage

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Grand Parc Miribel Jonage
Spring-summer 2019