The French National Assembly, upon the initiative of its president Mrs. Yaël Braun-Pivet, organized an exhibition Pierres vives d’un monde en mutation. Portraits d’Iran 2017 – 2022 by photographer Alexandre Arminjon, in the salons of the Hôtel de Lassay.
The exhibition is part of the support process deployed by the National Assembly to Iranian men and women who defend their freedom.
Attracted by the heritage of ancient Persia, Alexandre Arminjon discovered in 2017 the ruins of Persepolis but also historical monuments still in use, such as the great mosque of Isfahan. He observed Iran as much as he is observed by Iranian youth. Gradually abandoning architecture, his focus is on the living stones of a country undergoing profound change. Since the departure of the Shah in 1979, Iranian society has continued to change, heading towards a new rupture. Through three long journeys from 2017 to August 2022, a few weeks before the death of Mahsa Amini, Alexandre Arminjon crossed the country to meet Iranians who are both anchored in centuries-old traditions and resolutely turned towards modernity. The women that some would like to relegate to the background occupy a central place in his work. Their eyes capture the photographer’s lens, they no longer become the subjects but the authors of these portraits that look at us and challenge us.
Alexandre Arminjon : Pierres vives d’un monde en mutation. Portraits d’Iran 2017 – 2022
March 11 – April 2, 2023
Hôtel de Lassay
128, rue de l’Université