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Emanuele Coccia & Viviane Sassen - Alchimie moderne / Modern Alchemy

Emanuele Coccia & Viviane Sassen - Alchimie moderne / Modern Alchemy

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« L’alchimie est la tentative de construire un monde où chaque chose est l’esprit et la main de l’autre. Et tout n’est qu’un souffle commun».

Alchimie moderne est née de la rencontre entre Viviane Sassen et Emanuele Coccia. Ces deux figures majeures de la photographie et de la philosophie tissent ensemble un dialogue constitué de mots et d’images, enraciné dans le territoire champenois, et ancré dans les inspirations d’art et de nature de la Maison Perrier-Jouët.

« L’art et la nature ne sont pas seulement égaux, ils sont jumeaux, nés de la même mère ».

Dans cet ouvrage, une série de 80 photographies et un essai se croisent et s’unissent pour offrir un émerveillement neuf sur la puissance créatrice de la matière au sein du vivant. Les photographies et les mots, l’histoire de la Terre et l’histoire de la création, l’esprit et la matière, se mêlent, se confondent, se superposent et produisent un art infini pouvant prendre mille formes, une alchimie moderne qui bouleverse le regard et l’esprit.

« Tant que la matière existe, rien ne peut l’empêcher de transformer tout ce qui l’entoure. Cet art imprègne tout. Chaque réalité est un artiste plutôt qu’une forme ».

Photographies de Viviane Sassen
Essai d’Emanuele Coccia

20 × 26 cm
160 pages
Couverture toilée, dos rond
Design graphique : Agnès Dahan Studio
Parution : Juillet 2022
Co-production : JBE Books × Perrier-Jouët
ISBN : 978-2-36568-062-2


“Alchemy is the attempt to build a world in which every thing is the mind and the hand of something other. A world where everything breathes and yearns in unison.”

Modern Alchemy is the brainchild of Viviane Sassen and Emanuele Coccia. The photographer and the philosopher—both leading figures in their fields—weaved together images and words, engaging in a fruitful dialogue deeply rooted in the Champagne terroir and the inspiring relationship Maison Perrier-Jouët entertains with art and nature.

“Art and nature are not only equivalent but that they are also twins born from the same mother.”

A series of 80 photographs and an essay intersect and collide, creating a space where the creativity of matter throughout all living things can be marveled at anew. Pictures mix and match with ideas, the history of planet Earth encounters that of artistic creation, and matter joins hands with the mind—producing an infinitely manifold work of art and establishing a modern alchemy where both vision and thought can be upended and renewed.

“As long as matter exists, nothing can prevent it from irreparably transforming everything around it. Such art imbues everything: each reality is more of an artist than a form.”

Photographs by Viviane Sassen
Text by Emanuele Coccia

7,8 × 10,2 inches
20 × 26 cm
160 pages
Translated from French by Lucas Faugère
Graphic design: Agnès Dahan Studio
Publication date: July 2022
Co-production: JBE Books × Perrier-Jouët
ISBN: 978-2-36568-063-9

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