Paradise City, 2017-2018

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© Sébastien Cuvelier

In 2007, Sébastien Cuvelier received from his mother the diary of his uncle, who had gone to explore Iran in the 1970s before the Shah was deposed. Carried along by this piece of family history, Cuvelier himself went several times to Iran in order to construct his own representation of the country as it is now. His photographs, juxtaposed with extracts from his uncle’s diary, question the idea of heritage and the search for a change that is both personal and societal. They reveal the flaws that can emerge at the heart of a religious and totalitarian “paradise”.

Venue: Photoforum Pasquart


Sébastien Cuvelier (BE), born in 1975 in Belgium, lives and works in Luxembourg. He explores the notion of man-made utopias, where humans build and live their dreams, fantasies or hopes in search of an ideal. He has published three books (Gypsy Queens, Instant Star, Eunma Town) and exhibited in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Poland. His work has been published in M Le Monde and Slate, among others. An earlier version of his work for the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography won four awards at Les Boutographies in Montpellier, in 2019.