Pieter Hugo: Kin

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 (Pieter Hugo, 'Après le rite d’initiation', Mthatha, 2008 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'Après le rite d’initiation', Mthatha, 2008 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York
 (Pieter Hugo, 'Green Point Common', Le Cap, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'Green Point Common', Le Cap, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York
 (Pieter Hugo, 'Daniel Richards', Milnerton, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'Daniel Richards', Milnerton, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York
 (Pieter Hugo, 'Thoba Calvin et Tshepo Cameron Sithole-Modisane', Pretoria / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'Thoba Calvin et Tshepo Cameron Sithole-Modisane', Pretoria / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York
 (Pieter Hugo, 'En périphérie de Pretoria', 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'En périphérie de Pretoria', 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York
 (Pieter Hugo, 'Daniela Beukman', Milnerton, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'Daniela Beukman', Milnerton, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York
 (Pieter Hugo, 'La Maison des Besters', Vermaaklikheid, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York)
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Pieter Hugo, 'La Maison des Besters', Vermaaklikheid, 2013 / © Pieter Hugo / Courtesy Galerie Stevenson, Le Cap/Johannesburg et Yossi Milo, New York

South African photographer Pieter Hugo explores the state of post-apartheid South Africa today in this series, which portrays the fragile kinship of a country constantly compromised by its conflicted past. 

Hugo’s photographs have a gripping visual strength. In these images, posters for sorcerers and abortionists cover the city walls, homeless people camp out on the streets and chaotic slums are juxtaposed with wealthy settlements. They create a strong (if rather obvious) sense of old and new worlds colliding and uncomfortably coexisting. 

The highlight of the exhibition is a series of portraits, a patchwork of faces that live in the shadow of a tormented past. Apartheid may be over, but the nation is still licking its wounds. 

By: MD/MH

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