PIETER HUGO: COLONIAL DRIFTWOOD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Pieter Hugo was born 1976 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a photographer who primarily works in portraiture and whose work engages with both documentary and art traditions with a focus on African communities.

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Created over the past eight years, Pieter Hugo’s series Kin confronts complex issues of colonization, racial diversity and economic disparity in Hugo’s homeland of South Africa. These subjects are common to the artist’s past projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Botswana; however, this time, Hugo’s attention is focused on his conflicted relationship with the people and environs closest to home.

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Kin is the artist’s personal exploration of South Africa through landscapes, portraits and still life photography. Hugo depicts locations and subjects of personal significance, such as cramped townships, contested farmlands, abandoned mining areas and sites of political influence, as well as psychologically charged still lives in people’s homes and portraits of drifters and the homeless. Hugo also presents intimate portraits of his pregnant wife, his daughter moments after her birth and the domestic servant who worked for three generations of Hugo’s family. Alternating between private and public spaces, with a particular emphasis on the growing disparity between rich and poor, Kin is the artist’s effort to locate himself and his young family in a country with a fraught history and an uncertain future.

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Images via Yossi Milo Gallery.

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

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This photo by Cape Town based Pieter Hugo is a part of a photo exhibit “Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography” at the A&D Museum in London.  Most of the work by the 17 artists included deals with politics, racism, and the historical past of South Africa.

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Perdón por la tardanza pero he necesitado encontrar a alguien que me tradujese las respuestas. Muchas gracias!

What kind of camera do you use?

Normalmente uso una hasselblad 500c o una nikon d2xs

Normally I use a Hasselblad 500c or a nikon d2xs

Are you formally trained in photography?

Si, he cursado estudios de imagen y de técnico en laboratorio de imagen.

Yes I am, I have gone to courses about image and technician in laboratory of image.

What are your influences?

Me gusta mucho Virxilio Vieitez, Cristina Garcia-Rodero, Garcia-Alix, Pieter Hugo, Al Betrayal, Koudelka, Larry Clark (como fotógrafo), Avedon, Newton… Hay muchísimas influencias ademas de la fotografía, la lectura es muy importante también para mi.

I really like Virxilio Vieitez, Cristina Garcia-Rodero, Garcia-Alix, Pieter Hugo, Al Betrayal, Koudelka, Larry Clark (as a photographer), Avedon, Newton… there are a lot of influences apart of the photograph, reading is very important for me also.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Me es imposible decirlo, prácticamente cada 9 o 10 meses cambio de ciudad y de casa… así que si no tengo ni idea de donde estaré en 6 meses mucho menos en cinco años.

It´s impossible to say, I use to move from one city to another each nine or ten months… so I don´t really know where I´m going to be in six months, far from it in five years.

What makes you happy?

Cocinar,la música, las mujeres, viajar y hacer fotos.

I enjoy cooking, reading, women, travell around and take pictures.

More of his work

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Pieter Hugo new book and exhibition at Colette

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You have to like what Cape Town’s Pieter Hugo has done with his photography. He takes people in their African towns and cities, and captures the unique and sometimes quite independent spirit of these people, as in the series of hyena pets, boy scouts, and his NOLLYWOOD series.  You’ve seen this work:

Anyway, Pieter just signed his books, and has an exhibition up at Colette in Paris right now. Check out more at that link…

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