To celebrate the 25th year of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Photographer's Gallery hosted a conversation with Pieter Hugo, Laia Abril and Donovan Wylie moderated by curator Anna Dannemann on July 21, 2021, at 6:30pm. The conversation revolved around the ongoing importance of the medium and the mechanisms of the prize and its role in shaping photographic practice today. To learn more, please see the Photographer's Gallery website.
Pieter Hugo is featured in a solo exhibition, Being Present, at the 2021 edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, from July 4 – September 26, 2021. This exhibition looks back upon Hugo’s portraiture practice throughout the last two decades, bringing together more than 100 works by the artist. Curated by Federica Angelucci, “Being Present” raises questions of insider-outsider dynamics, questions of surveillance, and the intimacy of the gaze in portrait photography. For more information, please see the Rencontres website.
Pieter Hugo and Matthew Brandt are part of a group exhibition, TRANSFORMATION at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC, from March 20 - August 21, 2021. The exhibition explores the transformation of the photographic process across decades, materials, and media. For more information, please see the museum website.
Works from Pieter Hugo's series, There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, were included a group exhibition at the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseilles, France, from May 19 – June 28, 2021. The exhibition, “Civilization – The Way We Live Now,” drew together a plural portrait of our contemporary world through the work of more than one hundred photographs across five continents. For more information, please see the museumwebsite.
Work from Pieter Hugo’s 1994 series was on view in Dancing with the Dead at The Lock-Up in Newcastle, Australia, from June 20 – August 9, 2020. Curated by Grace Partridge, the exhibition presented works by ten contemporary artists to explore what experiences of loss can look and feel like when re-interpreted, re-performed and re-presented across a range of artistic media. For more information, please visit The Lock-Up’s website.
Photographs by Pieter Hugo were on view in Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection at Pérez Art Museum in Miami, FL from April 24 - July 26, 2020. Celebrating recent acquisitions to the Jorge M. Pérez permanent collection, Allied with Power underscored issues concerning race, representation, spirituality and more. Other featured artists include Firelei Báez, Elias Sime, Hank Willis Thomas and Kara Walker. For more information, please visit the Pérez Art Museum website.
A new book by Pieter Hugo, La Cucaracha, was released by Editorial RM (Barcelona/Mexico City) in March 2020. The monograph features 54 images taken by Hugo in Mexico in 2018 and 2019, as well as texts by Mario Bellatin and Ashraf Jamal. For more information, please visit the gallery’s Publications page.
New York Times critic Siddhartha Mitter reviewed Pieter Hugo's solo exhibition, La Cucaracha, describing how Hugo “designs his portraits collaboratively with his subjects, and the strong color and crisp shooting mostly honor them, especially the close-up frames that dispense with dreamlike stagings.” To read the full article, please visit the New York Times website.
Photographs by Pieter Hugo were on view in New Works: 20 Years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse at The Cube in Eschborn, Germany from November 22, 2019 - February 22, 2020. The works of the 14 artists featured in New Works explore the conditions of human existence, probing issues of identity and adaptation in a global context. Other featured artists include Jana Bissdorf, Hsu Pin Lee, Anders Petersen and Henry Wessel. For more information, please visit the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation website.
Photographs from Pieter Hugo’s series THERE’S A PLACE IN HELL FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS were included in Civilization: The Way We Live Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, from September 13, 2019 - February 2, 2020. Bringing together over 200 photographs by contemporary photographers across five continents, the exhibition explored how photography records the collective achievements and shortcomings of global civilization. Other featured artists include Katy Grannan, Candida Höfer, Shintaro Sato, Dona Schwartz, and Henrik Spohler. For more information, please visit the NGV website.
Photographic works by Pieter Hugo, Myoung Ho Lee and Alison Rossiter were on view in Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, from December 17, 2019 - March 8, 2020. Commemorating the 35th anniversary of the photography collection, Unseen created a dialog between its ‘hidden treasures’, none of which have been exhibited at the Getty before. For more information, please visit the Getty Museum website.
Photographs by Pieter Hugo were included in Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI, from October 25, 2019 - February 2, 2020. The exhibition investigated the relationship between urban landscape, place, identity, and regional culture, presenting perspectives of contemporary artists from southern Africa on the legacy of post-colonialism. Other featured artists include Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Binelde Hyrcan, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis and Guy Tillim. For more information, please visit the MOCA Detroit website.
Works by Pieter Hugo were featured in IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy, on view at the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium, from June 28 - October 6, 2019. The exhibition brought together traditional and contemporary artworks from both Africa and the diaspora, reflecting the diversity of the African artistic heritage and its itinerant histories of slavery, colonialism, and independence movements. Other featured artists include Ana Mendieta, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare CBE and Pascale Marthine Tayou. For more information, please visit the BOZAR website.
Portrait photographs by Pieter Hugo were included in Here We Are Today at Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, Germany, on view from June 7 - September 29, 2019. The exhibition presented video and photo-based artworks that engage with central issues of our globalized economy and society. Other featured artists include Zarina Bhimji, Andreas Gursky, Shirin Neshat and Trevor Paglen. For more information, please visit the Bucerius Kunst Forum website.
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 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
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.
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 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’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.