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Claude Iverné, Winner of the Prix HCB

Bilad es Sudan

French photographer Claude Iverné has long been welcomed and inspired by Sudan, whose Arabic name means ‘land of the black men’. As the winner of the 2015 Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson, he presents an exhibition in Paris and New York of work completed thanks to the award – an immersive yet detached portrait of the world’s newest nation.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Claude Iverné, Winner of the Prix HCB
© Claude Iverné

Claude Iverné first visited Sudan on a tour of the region in 1999, and was inspired to document the country in his work. He returned and settled there, learned Arabic, forged friendships, worked with local experts and photographers. In 2015, his project ‘Gazelle River: Photographs from Sudan’ won him the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson, together with funding to continue his work for a future exhibition.

Iverné’s latest project focuses on South Sudan, the world’s 193rd nation state. After his depiction of the North in black and white, the colour photographs created on subsequent visits to the South build a vivid portrait of everyday life: schoolchildren in uniform, weavers’ workshops, and a distinctive blend of tradition and modernity. When political upheavals wrecked the lives of many in the region, Iverné chose to pursue his anthropological approach with the Sudanese refugee community in France, extending the corpus to embrace the country’s representative population in Europe.

The resulting work, Bilad es Sudan, goes on public show in 2017, starting with a Paris exhibition featuring over 100 photographic prints, videos, documents and objects, co-organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and our Prix HCB partners, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. The show will tour subsequently to New York, to be staged in association with our US alliance partners, the Aperture Foundation. This ambitious solo project is also presented in a book of the same name, published by Éditions Xavier Barral.

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Fondation HCB : 11/05 - 30/07 2017

2, impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris

Tuesday-Sunday 13:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Aperture Gallery : 09/15 - 11/09 2017

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001

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Closed on Sunday