‘Kin’ by Pieter Hugo to Exhibit at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York

Aug 23, 2013 • Art, ArticlesNo Comments

South African-based photographer, Pieter Hugo will be unvailing his new collection at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York. The new collection entitled ‘Kin’ is a collection of color photographs that Hugo took over a period of 8 years. ‘Kin’ features a series of images that ‘ confronts complex issues of colonization, racial diversity and economic disparity’ in South Africa.

Although the subjects in this new collection are reminescent of Hugo’s past collections shot n Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Botswana, he focused his attention to ‘his conflicted relationship with the people and environs closest to home’.

‘Kin depicts ‘locations and subjects of personal significance, such as cramped townships, contested farmlands, abandoned mining areas and sites of political influence’.

When describing the ‘Kin’ project, Hugo describes it 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. It is a very violent society and the scars of colonialism and Apartheid run deep. Issues of race and cultural custodianship permeate every aspect of society here and the legacy of Apartheid casts a long shadow … How does one live in this society? How does one take responsibility for history, and to what extent does one have to? How do you raise a family in such a conflicted society? Before getting married and having children, these questions did not trouble me; now, they are more confusing. This work attempts to address these questions and to reflect on the nature of conflicting personal and collective narratives. I have deeply mixed feelings about being here. I am interested in the places where these narratives collide. Kin is an attempt at evaluating the gap between society’s ideals and its realities.

View Some of the images from the collection below:

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The exhibition will open from Friday, September 6, and run through to Saturday, October 19 with an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.

For more information about this upcoming exhibition, please visit: http://www.yossimilo.com/

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