2024.04.13 - 05.12

Iranian citizen and photographers

You Don’t Die

The Story of Yet Another Iranian Uprising
In collaboration with Le Monde

Curated by Marie Sumalla and Ghazal Golshiri

On September 13, 2022, Mahsa (Jina) Amini, aged 22, was wearing a simple black coat and a black hijab. Yet she was arrested by the morality police for what was deemed inappropriate clothing. The young woman lived in the Kurdish town of Saqqez in northwest Iran, and had traveled to Tehran with her family to visit the city.
While in custody, Mahsa Amini fell into a coma, most likely due to the blows to her head. Her ultimate death sparked rage throughout the country. Internet connections were cut off, WhatsApp and Instagram were blocked, but people connected with each other using software to avoid being tracked. Protestors faced great risks for taking to the streets; there was even the threat of execution. The collection of photographs and videos in this book was initially created for Le Monde’s coverage of the 2022 uprising. It was published on February 15, 2023, to mark the 5-month anniversary of the uprising. The authors of these images, which were mostly taken from social media, are often Iranian citizens who have requested anonymity. The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Tu ne meurs pas presented at the 35th edition of the International Festival of Photojournalism, Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan.

Ghazal Golshiri, born in 1981 in Tehran, has been a journalist in the international department of Le Monde since 2011.
Marie Sumalla, born in 1980 in Perpignan, has been photo editor at Le Monde since 2011.

Le Monde is a French news media that reports on international, national, economic and cultural news. With more than 500 journalists around the world.

A young woman in front of a mosque on Keshavarz Boulevard in Tehran. The World Press Photo awarded this photo which symbolizes the courage of Iranian women since the beginning of the uprising. December 27, 2022. Photographer: Ahmadreza Halabisaz.

A young woman in front of a mosque on Keshavarz Boulevard in Tehran. The World Press Photo awarded this photo which symbolizes the courage of Iranian women since the beginning of the uprising. December 27, 2022. Photographer: Ahmadreza Halabisaz.

Students from the Faculty of Art at Azad University in Sohanak organize a performance to show their anger against the murders perpetrated by the regime. Tehran, October 10, 2022. Anonymous author.

Students from the Faculty of Art at Azad University in Sohanak organize a performance to show their anger against the murders perpetrated by the regime. Tehran, October 10, 2022. Anonymous author.

A young woman without a hijab stands on a vehicle as thousands of people make their way to the Aychi cemetery, to commemorate the 40th day of Mahsa Amini’s death, in Saqqez, her hometown in Iranian Kurdistan. Muslim tradition celebrates this date as the day of the soul’s passage to the afterlife, and the end of mourning. Saqqez, Iranian Kurdistan, October 26, 2022. Anonymous photographer.

A young woman without a hijab stands on a vehicle as thousands of people make their way to the Aychi cemetery, to commemorate the 40th day of Mahsa Amini’s death, in Saqqez, her hometown in Iranian Kurdistan. Muslim tradition celebrates this date as the day of the soul’s passage to the afterlife, and the end of mourning. Saqqez, Iranian Kurdistan, October 26, 2022. Anonymous photographer.

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