An epic journey through North and South Sudan

An epic journey through North and South Sudan
Two-decade road trip — Claude Inverné has been travelling through the Sudan for 18 years, documenting the immense cultural, economic and environmental changes to the region.

Claude Inverné has been shooting in the Sudan for nearly two decades now. Since his first visit back in 1999, the French photographer has been travelling the region extensively, capturing the immense economic, cultural and environmental changes of both the north and the south.

The resulting body of work, known as Bilad es Sudan, is now on display at New York’s Aperture Gallery. Described as a “Sudanese epic”, the project can be categorised into three groups. The first, shot in black and white, focuses on his travels through North Sudan. The second, shot in colour, shifts to his visit to the South.

Claude Iverné, Ahmad Ali Abdulgari, Bergo people, Asylum seeker, Trégastel, Dec. 2016

Claude Iverné, Ahmad Ali Abdulgari, Bergo people, Asylum seeker, Trégastel, Dec. 2016

Claude Iverné, Mnaïma Adjak, Shénabla People, Awasma Clan, Dar Jawama, North Kordofan, Aug. 2001

Claude Iverné, Mnaïma Adjak, Shénabla People, Awasma Clan, Dar Jawama, North Kordofan, Aug. 2001

The third and final stage looks at the plight of Sudanese refugees – specifically those attempting to flee to France. Iverné joined them on the journey, documenting their travels from “the nomadic tents and deserts of Sudan to the outskirts of French cities.”

The exhibition was first shown at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, with Iverné securing the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in 2015. It will now run at the Aperture Gallery until November 9th, along with a book to accompany the exhibition (Claude Iverné – Bilad es Sudan, published by Éditions Xavier Barral).

Claude Iverné, Remains of a cafeteria, Jardin du 6 avril, Khartoum, June 2001

Claude Iverné, Remains of a cafeteria, Jardin du 6 avril, Khartoum, June 2001

Claude Iverné, Pyramid, Meroitic Period, Jebel Barkal, Dar Cheiguir, Nubia, Jan. 2004

Claude Iverné, Pyramid, Meroitic Period, Jebel Barkal, Dar Cheiguir, Nubia, Jan. 2004

Claude Iverné, Street scene, Juba, Dec. 2015

Claude Iverné, Street scene, Juba, Dec. 2015

Claude Iverné, Ahmed Abdulah Ahmed, Jawama People, Tidjamé Clan, Peasant, Gum arabic harvest, Edlbacha el Galab, Um Badr, North Darfur, Jan. 2002

Claude Iverné, Ahmed Abdulah Ahmed, Jawama People,
Tidjamé Clan, Peasant, Gum arabic harvest, Edlbacha el Galab, Um Badr, North Darfur, Jan. 2002

Claude Iverné, Simulacrum, Guy Roger Janda, High school student, French, Évry, Dec. 2016

Claude Iverné, Simulacrum, Guy Roger Janda, High school student, French, Évry, Dec. 2016

Claude Iverné, Secondary School, Seventh Day Adventist School, Hai Kuwait District, Juba, Dec. 2015

Claude Iverné, Secondary School, Seventh Day Adventist School, Hai Kuwait District, Juba, Dec. 2015

Claude Iverné, House of Fayçal Mohamed Jaber, Tribe Nouba Miri, « Mayo » Camp for displaced Umdurman people, Mandela Extention, Khartoum, Oct. 2005

Claude Iverné, House of Fayçal Mohamed Jaber, Tribe Nouba Miri, « Mayo » Camp for displaced Umdurman people, Mandela Extention, Khartoum, Oct. 2005

Claude Iverné, Construction site, Hai Jalaba District, Juba, 2015

Claude Iverné, Construction site, Hai Jalaba District, Juba, 2015

Claude Iverné, Naturalised dog, Toshka, Dar Sukkott, Nubia, Feb. 2002. Pas-de-Calais, 2016

Claude Iverné, Naturalised dog, Toshka, Dar Sukkott, Nubia, Feb. 2002. Pas-de-Calais, 2016

Claude Iverné, Apprentice Graduation Ceremony, Saint-Vincentde-Paul Training Centre, Sister Emmanuelle, Lologo District, Juba, Dec. 2015

Claude Iverné, Apprentice Graduation Ceremony, Saint-Vincentde-Paul Training Centre, Sister Emmanuelle, Lologo District, Juba, Dec. 2015

Claude Iverné: Bilad es Sudan is running at New York’s Aperture Gallery until November 9, 2017

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