Sébastien Cuvelier: Paradise City (GOST Books, 2020)

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Belgian photographer, Sébastien Cuvelier (b.1975) lives and works in Luxembourg. His work has been the subject of numerous international solo and group exhibitions including Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (2017).

Paradise City has been exhibited at Centre d’Art Nei Liicht, Dudelange, 2018 and Les Boutographies, Montpellier, 2019.

He has previously published three photobooks, Eunma Town (Self-published ,2015), Instant Star (Self-published, 2014), Gypsy Queens, (Husson editions, 2013).

Artist: https://www.sebweb.org/index.html

Publisher: GOST Books

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From Paradise City © Sebastien Cuvelier
Sébastien Cuvelier - Paradise City - Bildersturm Blog
From Paradise City © Sebastien Cuvelier

The sheer concept of paradise is inherently Iranian. The word paradise comes from old Persian paridaida – meaning walled garden. It is therefore only natural that this word resonates in all corners of a country where history is full of nostalgia, people are deeply romantic and flowers are everywhere.

Contemporary Iranian youth have also developed their own notions of paradise, and for most it is anchored in Persia. Its existence is linked to hope, the quest for change, the desire for a new beginning. These feelings bring with them an ever-present hint of nostalgia, seen in family tales, photo albums or through the fading memory of distant cousins who emigrated to find their own paradise city.

Sébastien Cuvelier

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Saint Etienne‘s version of Tony Bennett’s 1955 UK number one hit, recorded for the NME compilation Ruby Trax in 1992.


Sébastien Cuvelier - Paradise City - Bildersturm Blog
From Paradise City © Sebastien Cuvelier
Sébastien Cuvelier - Paradise City - Bildersturm Blog
From Paradise City © Sebastien Cuvelier
Sébastien Cuvelier - Paradise City - Bildersturm Blog
From Paradise City © Sebastien Cuvelier
Sébastien Cuvelier - Paradise City - Bildersturm Blog

Book specs: Published October 2020; 206 x 290 mm; 128 pp; 68 full colour images; Hardback; ISBN 978-1-910401-47-7; £35.00. (Link)