PIETER HUGO

Hobbled by life, but triumphal all the same
LA CUCARACHA


On home and belonging
FLAT NOODLE SOUP TALK
KIN
MESSINA/MUSINA


The possibilities of portraiture
THE JOURNEY
THERE’S A PLACE IN HELL FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS
LOOKING ASIDE


West Africa works
PERMANENT ERROR
NOLLYWOOD
THE HYENA AND OTHER MEN
WILD HONEY COLLECTORS


Remembrance and inheritance
1994
RWANDA: VESTIGES OF A GENOCIDE


Flirtations with popular culture
PH X HBA
 CONTROL


INFORMATION
@pieter.hugo.official
Tamsyn Reynolds pregnant with our first child, Cape Town, 2010


Tafelberg Road, Cape Town, 2013Green Point Common, Cape Town, 2013Sheep farm on the road to Caledon, 2011Lize and Gideon Hugo, Gonnemanskraal, 2009 In Johanna Volschenk's home, Noupoort, 2013
Daniela Beukman, Milnerton, 2013                                                   


War memorial, Springs, 2012Sfiso Lukhele, Soweto, 2013On the highway outside Johannesburg, 2013Pieter and Sophia Hugo at home in Cape Town, 2010
The Miners' Monument, Braamfontein, 2013
Aerial view of Dainfern gated community, Johannesburg, 2013
Shaun Oliver, Cape Town, 2011Cape Town, 2009Thabile Kadeni, Langa, 2013Joshua, Jan, Magrietha and Lizette Boer, Middelburg, 2013Saunders Rock, Cape Town, 2013Rina Veldsman, Monte Rosa Old Age Home, Cape Town, 2013Sophia Hugo on the day of her birth, Cape Town, 2010Theresa Makwenya, Carletonville, 2013Outside Pretoria, 2013Linda Ntsukwana, Colesberg, 2013In Sipho Ntsibande's home, Soweto, 2013Katharina Shaw, Sanddrift, 2012Ricky Davis, Brakpan, 2012Inside Arcadia Place old-age home, Observatory, 2013Anna Hugo, my grandmother, Cape Town, 2009Samuel Nkosomzi, Cape Town, 2007At Rietpoort farm, Graaff-Reinet, 2013Meriam 'Mary' Tlali, who spent her entire adult life working as a maid for my grandmother, Kroonstad, 2011Wax mannequin of Louis Washkansky, the world's first heart transplant recipient, at the Heart of Cape Town Museum, 2008The reception room outside ex-president Kaiser Matanzima's bedroom in the now-defunct bantustan of Transkei, Mthatha, 2008André Hugo and Martje Potgieter with their firstborn, Leon Hugo, on the day of their wedding, Yzerfontein, 2009Kitty Fay, Tamboerskloof, 2010Marlene Bergman with Tipsy, Jan Hofmeyer, 2013Green Point Common, Cape Town, 2013Louis Matanisa, Cape Town, 2013Daniel Richards, Milnerton, 2013Siphiwe Mafilika, Diepsloot, 2011
Aerial view of Diepsloot, Johannesburg, 2013
Mimi Afrika, Wheatland Farm, Graaff-Reinet, 2013Thoba Calvin and Tshepo Cameron Sithole-Modisane, Pretoria, 2013Loyiso Mayga, Wandise Ngcama, Lunga White, Luyanda Mzantsi and Khungsile Mdolo after their initiation ceremony, Mthatha, 2008Lize Hugo after her breast-reduction surgery, Cape Town, 2011Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, Mthatha, 2010 The view from ex-president Kaiser Matanzima's bedroom in the now-defunct bantustan of Transkei, Mthatha, 2008In the home of Meshack Molatudi, Robinson Lake, Harmony Mine, Randfontein 2012At the Voortrekker Monument, Groenkloof, 2013 Pozio 'Patrick Pietersen' Gates, Cape Town, 2011Neels du Plooy, Hennenman, 2013Vegetable garden at the Portuguese club, Pretoria, 2011
Name withheld, Langaville, Ekurhuleni, 2012
Tamsyn Reynolds pregnant with our second child, Cape Town, 2013
At Reitpoort farm, Graaff-Reinet, 2013
Inside a squatted mining house, Primrose Mines, Main Reef Road, Germiston, 2012
Danville, 2013Inside the Jonopo cultural village, on the road to Mthatha, 2010Inside Louis Matanisa's home, Cape Town, 2013
Darren and Tara, Durban, 2013
Primrose Mines, Main Reef Road, Germiston, 2012At a traffic intersection, Johannesburg, 2011Nokhanyo and Ayabukwa Mabuse, Langa, 2013
'Bobo' on the Muizenberg beachfront where he sleeps, 2008
Gustaf, Maureen, Koos and Marco Louw in their home, Musina, 2006
Inside Hudson Kungu's home, Virginia, 2013
Winston Niebuhr, Cape Town, 2013
Maria Linder, Kenhardt, 2013
Dirk and Maryna Swanepoel, Jansenville, 2013
David Scholtz, Cape Town, 2014En route to the Tsitsikamma National Park, 2012
Jan Wieneke, Orania, 2013
Ann Sallies, who worked for my parents and helped raise me, Douglas, 2013
Hillbrow, 2013In the Van Zyls' kitchen, Welgemoed, 2013With my son, Jakob Hugo, Natures Valley, 2014
Inside the Besters' home, Vermaaklikheid, 2013Sunrise, Blombos farm, 2013










KIN (2006—2013)


South Africa is such a fractured, schizophrenic, wounded and problematic place. It is a very violent society; the scars of colonialism and apartheid still run deep. Issues of race and cultural custodianship permeate every aspect of society, and the legacy of forced racial segregation casts a long shadow. How does one live in this society? How does one take responsibility for history, and to what extent should one try? How do you raise a family in such a conflicted society? Before getting married and having children, these questions did not trouble me; now, they are more confusing.

About eight years ago, I started photographing the notion of ‘home’, whatever that might mean, as both intimate and public place. To look at home critically is to look at one’s self and one’s fellow man. It is to feel the weight of history and to consider the space one occupies in it. It is to consider one’s relationship with ‘kin’ – to look at the tenuous ties that bind us to, and repel us from, each other. Home is where belonging and alienation coexist.

Does this belonging liberate or confine us? Does it tie us to the terrible weight of history or free us from it?

I have deeply mixed feelings about being here. Eight years on, I do not feel any more resolved about these issues. If anything, I am more confused and more at odds with my ‘home’. This work grapples with these dilemmas, but ultimately fails to provide any answers.


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