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Claude Iverné: Bilad es Sudan

In 2015, with the support of the HCB Award, Claude Iverné began traveling through South Sudan. Bilad es Sudan records the precipitous transformation of South Sudan, mapping its historical details and contemporary landscape. This is the second phase of Iverné’s travels in the region. The previous body of work focused on North Sudan and while he depicted the North in black and white, the South is shown in color. In 1999, Iverné first set off along the Darb al Arba’ïn (Forty Days Trail), the ancient caravan route linking Egypt and the sultanate of Darfur. Ever since, Iverné has been working in the region, wandering through the country to create a body of work. His photographs use an anthropological approach while simultaneously creating space for the viewer’s imagination.

As a result of the political climate in South Sudan at the time, many Sudanese citizens fled to France. Iverné followed them there, exploring this journey from the nomadic tents and deserts of Sudan to the outskirts of French cities. Iverné’s photographs investigate the economic, cultural, and environmental changes of this country, concluding his Sudanese epic. This exhibition is but one “draft” of Iverné’s vast collection.