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Pieter Hugo, born 1976 in Johannesburg, lives and works in Cape Town. In the early 2000s he spent a two-year residency at Fabrica research centre in Treviso, Italy. After starting his career in photo-journalism, he soon centred his research on personal projects aiming to investigate specific social realities of the African countries, especially of South Africa with its post-colonialist, post-apartheid, and post-mandela issues. His portraits chronicle an essential part of the history of Africa, reflected in the faces of people who were born in the shadows of violence but also on the threshold of change, in a nation whose destiny has been repeatedly re-written over few decades. Hugo’s photography often deals with the outsiders, marginalised or unusual groups of people: honey gatherers in Ghana, Nigerian gang members who bring hyenas or baboons on their rounds to collect debts, young people gathering toxic electronic waste in the Accra dumps, boy scouts in Liberia, taxi washers in Durban, judges in Botswana, actresses and actors from “Nollywood.” Major museum solo exhibitions have taken place at The Hague Museum of Photography, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Fotografiska in Stockholm and MAXXI in Rome among others. Hugo has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including Tate Modern, the Folkwang Museum, and the São Paulo Biennale. He took also part in the exhibition “Work in motion” at the MAST Foundation. He published several photo books. Hugo was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2012; and shortlisted for the sixth cycle of the Prix Pictet, themed “Disorder,” in 2015.

photo: © Pieter Hugo