Steeve Iuncker

Into the World

May 25 – August 28, 2016

For several years, photographer Steeve Iuncker studied the passage from childhood to adulthood, examining the lack of clearly-identified rites in our secular societies. His pictures capture the acts of teenagers as they affiliate themselves with reckless rites. Risk-taking, seeking oblivion as a form of death and rebirth, testing boundaries and transformative acts – the photographer weaves a subtle visual coming-of-age landscape, reminding us of our own private rituals.

He maps unknown territories made up of hesitations as well as initiations, and, in a very personal way, examines a stage of life with all that it involves in terms of risk and pain in a world that offers few pointers. Parachuting, teenage pregnancies, drunken parties, periods of incubation and boredom, scarifications and tattoos, violence that simmers or is channeled into sport - the aspects addressed by the photographer do not attempt to give a universal, unequivocal definition of teenage rites of passage. Instead, he sketches a subtle, intimate portrait of youth trying to find itself.

Steeve Iuncker works in large 4x5 inch film format, giving a distance to the subject that he esteems “just” – in other words, honest and non-intrusive. His approach, both intimate and informative, is transformed at the moment of printing by an analogical pigment process (the Quadrichromie Fresson carbon process). The resulting pictorial aspect gives this very contemporary work a timeless materiality and esthetics.


Caroline Recher, Musée de l’Elysée, assisted by Christelle Michel

Steeve Iuncker, Street Workout, 2012-2016 © Steeve Iuncker

Steeve Iuncker, Maternité, 2012-2016 © Steeve Iuncker

Leave a comment - What were your rites of passage?

What were your rites of passage? Tell us about the actions, deeds or big or small events that marked your transition to adulthood. What was passed down by your friends or family, or what did you pass down to your children?

During the exhibition, visitors are invited to leave an account of a few sentences in response to these questions. Listen to them here:

PixElysée - Experience the exhibition through the eyes of teenagers

Experience the exhibition through the eyes of teenagers in augmented reality. The interactive app PixElysée allows visitors to receive additional content about a selection of works from the exhibition, and accompanies them on their tour.

PixElysée is a participative and trailblazing tour of the exhibition Steeve Iuncker Into the Word created by a group of Elysée high school students aged 14 and 15.

PixElysée is available for free on the AppStore and on GooglePlay, download it to experience the exhibition through the eyes of teenagers.


The PixElysée project is backed by the Cultural Affairs Department (SERAC) of the Canton de Vaud.


Activities for children

Workshops, discovery space, and many things to do with your family.

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Exhibition poster

Artist book

Se mettre au monde
(available end August 2016)

Photographs: Steeve Iuncker
Texts : David Le Breton and Caroline Recher

Book signing on Thursday August 25, 6:30pm

Serigraph, limited edition

Léo et Laurette, May 2016, 51 x 65 cm
Serigraph, limited edition of 53
CHF 100.-

Available at the bookshop

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