03 March 2022
Mathieu Pernot exhibition

Winner of the 2019 HCB Prize, Mathieu Pernot presents at the Henri-Cartier Bresson Foundation, La ruine de sa demeure (The ruin of his home), a photographic itinerary between Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

In this area, Mathieu Pernot never ceases to witness scenes of desolation, far from the family or travel photographs taken by his grandfather almost a century before him. On the one hand, the splendor of archaeological sites such as Baalbek in Lebanon or the Nineveh plain in Iraq. On the other, cities destroyed by the disasters and wars of recent years, such as Homs, Aleppo or Mosul.

The exhibition La ruine de sa demeure presents some 50 prints of Mathieu Pernot, his grandfather’s album, photographs from the family archives as well as those found in the destroyed houses of Mosul.

On the occasion of the exhibition, we are publishing La ruine de sa demeure that retraces Mathieu Pernot’s contemplative and touristic expedition to the Middle-East, in the tradition of the “Grand Tour” in the 19th century. Its remnants are preserved in an album reproduced in the first pages of this book.With a sensibility close to documentary, he reveals a dialectic work that questions the juxtaposition of the narratives of great history and those of his own background.

The book ends with family photographs found in the ruins of Mosul, which constitute the modern album, alongside that of Mathieu’s grandfather, as a memory of the present. A text by Hala Kodmani, a native of Syria and a leading reporter for Libération, as well as an interview between Mathieu Pernot and art critic Étienne Hatt, complete this new photographic corpus.


Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

79 rue des archives

75003 Paris


March 8 – June 19, 2022


Relative publication :

La ruine de sa demeure, Mathieu Pernot


Photograph : Homs, 2020 © Mathieu Pernot





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