Pieter Hugo: Este é o Lugar | This Must Be The Place
Exhibition organised by Next Future Gulbenkian Programme in collaboration with Fotomuseum Den Haag
Tuesday - Sunday | 10am - 18pm
Free admission on Sundays
28 Mar 2014 – 1 Jun 2014
Main building - temporary exhibitions gallery, floor 01
Admission 2 €
Este é o Lugar | This Must Be the Place is the first retrospective for Pieter Hugo (b. Johannesburg, 1976). 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.