From 11 February to 15 April 2017, the Priska Pasquer Gallery in Cologne presents the exhibition Peripheral Dispatches, encompassing the latest portrait series by South-African photographer Pieter Hugo. The featured projects, titled 1994, Californian Wildflowers and Flat Noodle Soup Talk, were created in South Africa, Rwanda, California and Beijing. In parallel to the exhibition at the Priska Pasquer Gallery, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will dedicate a major retrospective to the 40-year-old artist.
Hugo’s photographs are indeed ‘peripheral dispatches’: his images stem from outside accepted norms, from places of uncertainty and the discomfort of transition. Pieter Hugo seeks out the reality beyond the cliche. He looks beneath the surface without ever compromising his subject. He knows that beauty and poverty, vulnerability and dignity are not mutually exclusive – and that there is no life without contradictions. His images challenge the observer: they are complex and contradictory, overpoweringly beautiful and at the same time disconcerting.
Peripheral Dispatches is Pieter Hugo’s third exhibition at Priska Pasquer. In 2015, the gallery hosted Corporeality, the photographer’s first solo exhibition in Germany, followed by a presentation of the extensive project Kin in 2016.
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