PIETER HUGO ‘This Must Be the Place’

Artist: Pieter Hugo

Exhibition title: This Must Be the Place
Corator: Wim van Sinderen
Dates: 11.09.2014 to 04.01.2015
Place: CAAM – San Antonio Abad and Casa África Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain.
Produce: Museo de Fotografía de La Haya, Holanda
Organize: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM
Collaborates: Casa África
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This Must Be the Place is the first retrospective for Pieter Hugo (b. Johannesburg, 1976) in Spain. Since 2003 Hugo has photographed people in their daily lives in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. The ramifications of the end of apartheid, for people and the landscape of South Africa, as well as the implications of global commerce and the complexity of the notion of post-colonial Africa are themes that circulate throughout his work.

His use of larger format cameras requires patience and trust between photographer and subject, which is visible in the forthright expressions and candid interactions of his subjects with the camera. There is often a sense of calm in his images that transcends the clamour of the circumstances in which the images where taken

Hugo’s way of seeing is often akin to familiar painting genres such as landscape, portraiture, group portraiture and still life, and the subjects of his photographs – the elderly, the poor, the blind, street artists, soap actors and his close family and friends — form a social tableau which offers an intense and challenging view of Africa at the beginning of the twenty-first century.




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