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Pieter Hugo

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The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will be the first museum venue in Germany to host a solo exhibition by South-African photography artist Pieter Hugo. His work has previously been presented in solo shows at the Fotomuseum Den Haag, the Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, the Müpa in Budapest and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris.

From 19 February to 23 July 2017, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg now offers a comprehensive overview of the series with which the photographer achieved recognition, such as Looking Aside, Kin, The Hyena & Other Men, Permanent Error, There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, or Nollywood. The exhibition also includes his most recent projects 1994, Rwanda 2004: Vestiges of a Genocide, and Californian Wildflowers.

What divides us and what unites us? How do people of all colours live under the shadow of cultural repression or political dominance? Pieter Hugo, born 1976 in Johannesburg, explores these questions in his portraits, still lifes and landscapes. There is no hierarchy to his images – each subject is afforded the same level of respect. As an artist, rather than an anthropologist or documentarist, Hugo possesses a concise visual language with which he captures – in a manner that is simultaneously neutral and empathetic – what he calls the “moment of voluntary vulnerability”. The result are portraits of profound directness and a deep realism.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title, released by Prestel Publishing.

For further information visit
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and Pieter Hugo

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