Location: Cape Town
Length of work: 9 years
Recent exhibition: Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (V&A Museum, 12 April – 17 July 2011)
Pieter Hugo is one of a new generation of savvy young photographers who have emerged from post-apartheid South Africa with work that sheds light on social issues and stereotypes that burden developing regions, especially Africa. His images are not only visually riveting but are also of socio-political tinge. “The power of photography is inherently voyeuristic,” says Hugo, “but I want that desire to look to be confronted.”
In a recent series called Nollywood, based on the burgeoning movie industry in Nigeria, Hugo asked a team of actors and assistants to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets. By doing so, the photographer initiated the creation of verisimilar reality. His vision of the film industry’s interpretation of the world results in a gallery of illusory and unsettling images.