Pieter Hugo: Kin (signed edition)

Photographs by Pieter Hugo. Text by Ben Okri.


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Pieter Hugo (born 1976) has garnered critical acclaim for his series of portraits and landscapes, each of which explores a facet of his native South Africa and neighboring African countries, including the film sets of Nigeria’s Nollywood; toxic garbage dumps in Ghana; sites of mass executions in Rwanda; as well as albinos, the Hyena Men of Nigeria, honey collectors and garbage scavengers. “Kin,” a collection of images shot throughout South Africa over the past decade, focuses instead on the photographer’s family, his community and himself. Writer John Mahoney characterizes it as the artist’s first major work to focus exclusively on his personal experience in his native South Africa, a place defined by centuries of political, cultural and racial tensions and contradictions. Hugo describes his series as “an engagement with the failure of the South African colonial experiment and my sense of being ‘colonial driftwood.’ South Africa is such a fractured, schizophrenic, wounded and problematic place … How does one take responsibility for history, and to what extent should one try? How do you raise a family in such a conflicted society?” This work attempts to address these questions and reflect on the nature of conflicting personal and collective narratives.


Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 164
Publication date: 02-24-2015
Measurements: 9.5 x 12 x 0.8 inches
ISBN: 9781683950059


The images combine his mastery of hues and composition with an almost fey sense of strange subject matter – like a cross between the bizarre alchemy in Roger Ballen’s work and the colorful absurdity of Martin Parr’s. Yet Hugo’s world is uniquely his own, in all its weird and decaying beauty.–Jack Crager”American Photo” (03/23/2015)

Photographs by Pieter Hugo. Text by Ben Okri.

Pieter Hugo has published eight volumes of his work, including There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends (2012), Permanent Error (2011), and The Hyena and Other Men (2007). He is the winner of numerous awards, including in 2008 the KLM Paul Huf Award and the Discovery Award at Rencontres d’Arles. He won the Seydou Keita Award at the ninth Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennial, Mali, in 2011, and was short-listed for the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Ben Okri is the winner of the Booker Prize, among other literary awards, is a Nigerian poet and novelist.

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