Of Iranian origin, Hamid Sardar graduated from Harvard University where he obtained a doctorate in Sanskrit and Tibetan studies. A director committed to the preservation of endangered cultures and habitats, his work on indigenous peoples and in particular the nomads of Mongolia and Tibet has been rewarded several times.
Recently, the La Rochelle International Adventure Film Festival awarded him the first prize for his film “The Mongol Horseman”, broadcasted on ARTE in February 2020.
He presents at the HEGOA gallery a selection of mythical and unpublished photographs.
Above all a film and photo director, Hamid Sardar has developed an aesthetic of image processing and strives to magnify the landscapes of the regions in which he spends most of his time today, such as Mongolia, Tibet and Burma. His linguistic research and his commitment to the preservation of indigenous cultures allow him to share the daily life of the nomadic tribes and to bring back to us images that are just and intimate. Each film or photograph reveals the marvelous paradise of nomads as he likes to name them. His work highlights the fragility of the Taiga and Mongolian cultures and commits us to preserve them.
During his expeditions, in the sometimes hostile steppes he explores, he finds himself as close as possible to men and animals whom he stages with respect and majesty. Among reindeer, wolves, bears and eagles, humans integrate with nobility, and beauty sublimated by the images of Hamid Sardar.
“I wanted to stage a human epic in order to allow us to dream, to identify with these shepherds, shamans and hunters, and to make us want to protect this culture and this nature.” – Hamid Sardar said for Arte
“Hamid Sardar has a very important photographic background linked to the nomadic culture threatened by irreversible changes and I was touched by his ways of looking at the beauty of the world. He agreed to take a break from his cinematographic projects to exhibit at the HEGOA gallery a selection of mythical and unpublished photographs on the “PARADIS NOMADES” of indigenous peoples. I am very grateful to him. “- Nathalie Atlan Landaburu
Hamid Sardar was the winner of the Albert Kahn Planet Photo Grand Prix in June 2019, organized by Jean- François Fortchantre.
The Planet Albert Kahn association is a partner of the exhibition.
Hamid Sardar : Paradis Nomades
Until June 27, 2020
16 rue de Beaune