Pieter Hugo’s solo exhibition, Aquí se rompió una taza, was on view at Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, through February 5, 2019, as part of the Crossing Night Festival. Working primarily in Oaxaca in the Spring of 2018, Hugo’s photographs draw inspiration from the mural work of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Mexican folklore. For more information, please visit the Crossing Night website.
Pieter Hugo’s work was on view in Recent Histories / Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from December 8, 2018 – March 3, 2019. The exhibition includes the work of African artists who respond to the concept of “African” from their distinct, personal perspectives. Other featured artists include Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Délio Jasse, Lebohang Kganye, Sabelo Mlangeni and Zanele Muholi. For more information, please visit the Huis Marseille website2PUOpoG text: Huis Marseille website).
Photographs from Pieter Hugo’s 1994 and Permanent Error series were on view in Evoking Reality at Daimler Contemporary in Berlin, Germany, from November 24, 2018 – May 5, 2019. The exhibition bought together politically-focused photographs and video from the Daimler Art Collection that forego popular means of representation to construct an ambiguous, critical visualization of global reality. Other featured artists include Jane Alexander, Richard Mosse, Viviane Sassen, Guy Tillim and Maya Zack. For more information, please visit the Daimler Art Collection website.
Work by Pieter Hugo was on view at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China as part of the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial/1st Beizhen International Photography Festival from September 28 – November 28, 2018. Confusing Public and Private, the brand exhibition at CAFA Art Museum, presented a thematically and geographically diverse gathering of works exploring the influence of photography on constructions of history, social reality and the self. Other featured artists included Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Gayatri Ganju, Zanele Muholi, Viviane Sassen and Shen Wei, and others. For more information, please visit the CAFA Museum website.
Pieter Hugo's photographs were on view in Civilization: The Way We Live Now, presented by the National Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art (NMMCA) and Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP) in Seoul, Korea, from October 17, 2018 – February 17, 2019. The exhibition features works by over 100 artists, including Katy Grannan, Lauren Greenfield, An-My Lê and Thomas Struth, and will travel to Beijing, Melbourne, and Marseille following its run at the NMMCA. For more information, please visit the NMMCA website. For future dates and locations, please visit the FEP website.
A solo exhibition of work by Pieter Hugo, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, was on view at Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 4 – October 7, 2018. The exhibition, comprised of works from multiple series, including KIN, The Hyena and Other Men, Permanent Error and 1994, was previously on view at the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (MKK) in Dortmund and the Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany. For more information, please visit the Museu Coleção Berardo website: https://bit.ly/2NOnq9K
Photographs by Andrew Bush and Pieter Hugo were included in Shop It!, an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel, on view from July 22, 2018 – January 20, 2019. Featuring artists whose work attempts to critique and reject contemporary trends of capitalism and commodification in an era of viral dissemination via the internet, the show also included photographs by Ron Amir, Ilona Balaga, Wolfgang Tillmans, Addie Wagenknecht and others. For more information, please visit the Haifa Museum of Art website.
Work by Pieter Hugo was on view in the exhibition In This Imperfect Present Moment at the Seattle Art Museum, in Seattle, Washington, from July 21, 2018 – June 16, 2019. The exhibition featured 15 artists whose work has received global recognition for approaching topics of religion, political power and portraiture in original ways. Other featured artists include Igshann Adams, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Amy Sherald and Mikhael Subotzky. For more information, please visit the Seattle Art Museum website.
Work from Pieter Hugo’s Permanent Error was on view in Labor and Materials at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, from January – November 2018. This exhibition featured works by artists capturing the dramatic economic and social changes caused by global advances in technology and infrastructure, including Katrin Korfmann, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Marina Zurkow. For more information, please visit the 21c Museum Hotel website.
Photographs from Pieter Hugo’s series The Hyena and Other Men were included in Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins at the Barbican Centre in London, UK, from February 28 – May 27, 2018. The works in the exhibition focus on disenfranchised communities and the identities of those living on the outskirts of society. Other featured artists include Paz Erraruiz, Mary Elllen Mark and Dayanita Singh. For more information, please visit the Barbican website.
Pieter Hugo gave an artist talk at MAST, Bologna, in Italy, on November 29, 2017. The lecture, entitled Staged Realities, was part of a series of talks related to the exhibition Lavoro in movimento at the MAST Foundation. For more information, please visit the website.
Works by Pieter Hugo and Tim Hetherington were featured in Tell It Like It Is – or Could Be at the Mead Art Museum of Amherst College in Massachusetts, on view from September 12 – December 31, 2017. Curated by David E. Little, the exhibition presented a new genre of large-scale color photography depicting history and contemporary experience from unconventional perspectives. Also included in the show are photographs by Stan Douglas, Zackary Drucker, Boris Mikhailov, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Tim Parchikov and Cindy Sherman. For more information, please visit the Mead Museum of Art website.
From September 6 - 20, 2017, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb presented a solo exhibition of work by Pieter Hugo as part of the annual Organ Vida International Photography Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. Verisimilar Worlds, The West African Works, 2005-2010 featured three of the artist’s most celebrated series, Nollywood, Permanent Error and The Hyena and Other Men, all of which depict life on the periphery of West African societies. Prior to the opening reception, Pieter participated in a public talk with Sean O’Hagan, a photography critic for the Guardian and Observer. For more information and the full schedule of events, please visit the Organ Vida Festival website.
Works by Pieter Hugo, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere and Malick Sidibé were included in AFRICA: Telling a World, on view at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) in Milan, Italy from June 27 – September 11, 2017. 33 contemporary artists including Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Seydou Keïta, Donna Kukama and Zanele Muholi were featured in the exhibition. For more information, please visit the PAC Milano website.
Works by Pieter Hugo and Lorenzo Vitturi were included in Up to Now: Fabrica Photography, part of the 2017 Fotografia Europea program in Italy. The exhibition, on view from May 5 – July 9 in the Chiostri di San Pietro in Reggio Emilia, focused on artists who have spent time at the Fabrica research center in Treviso since it opened in 1994. The exhibition included the work of Fabrica alumni Laia Abril, Olivia Arthur, James Mollison, Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, among others. For more information, please visit the Fotografia Europea website.
Pieter Hugo had work on view at the National Gallery of Victoria Festival of Photography from March 17 – June 30, 2017 in Melbourne. The festival included photographs from the NGV’s recent acquisitions alongside works by many established and emerging artists. Other featured artists included Sophie Calle, Thomas Demand, Polly Borland and Danny Singer. For more information, please visit the National Gallery of Victoria website.
Pieter Hugo’s first solo museum exhibition in Germany was presented at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg from February 19 – July 23, 2017. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea highlighted works from multiple series, including KIN, The Hyena and Other Men, Permanent Error, and the recent 1994. For more information, please visit the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg website.
Prestel recently released a monograph of Pieter Hugo’s series 1994, featuring an essay by Ashraf Jamal. This new body of work focuses on children born after the year 1994 in South Africa and Rwanda, two countries that experienced profound historical changes in that year. For more information, please visit Prestel’s website.
Photographs by Pieter Hugo were included in the exhibition Work in Movement at MAST Bologna, Italy, from January 25 – April 17, 2017. The exhibition explored the representation of labor and production in the photographs and videos of 14 international artists. Other featured artists include Wilie Doherty, Armin Linke, Yuri Ancarani, Gabriela Löffler, Chen Chieh-Jen, Julika Rudelius and Thomas Vroege. For more information, please visit the MAST website.
Works from Pieter Hugo’s series The Hyena and Other Men were presented in Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel from December 9, 2016 – May 27, 2017. The exhibition included works that chronicle Africa’s post-colonial history and envision its potential moving forward. Other artists featured in the exhibition included Wangechi Mutu, J. D. ’Okhai Ojeikere, Adam Rotbard, and Malick Sidibé. For more information, please visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art website.
Photographs by Pieter Hugo and Liu Zheng were on view in the exhibition Revealing Pictures at the Princeton University Art Museum from February 4 – July 2, 2017. Drawn from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection, Revealing Pictures displayed contemporary photographic works engaging with the medium’s ability to articulate complex issues of national identity, culture and resistance, both personal and beyond. Other featured artists included Nikolay Bakharev, Jim Goldberg, Zhang Huan, Zanele Muholi and Robert Polidori. For more information, please visit the Princeton Museum of Art website.