After almost a decade since its conception, Pieter Hugo‘s new exhibition, Kin, opens this evening. This series of photographs “confronts complex issues of colonization, racial diversity and economic disparity in Hugo’s homeland of South Africa,” according to the Yossi Milo Gallery:
Kin is the artist’s personal exploration of South Africa through landscapes, portraits and still life photography. Hugo depicts locations and subjects of personal significance, such as cramped townships, contested farmlands, abandoned mining areas and sites of political influence, as well as psychologically charged still lives in people’s homes and portraits of drifters and the homeless. Hugo also presents intimate portraits of his pregnant wife, his daughter moments after her birth and the domestic servant who worked for three generations of Hugo’s family. Alternating between private and public spaces, with a particular emphasis on the growing disparity between rich and poor, Kin is the artist’s effort to locate himself and his young family in a country with a fraught history and an uncertain future.
Hugo’s chromogenic prints were all created at Laumont by one of our master printers. We are proud to have mounted and framed Kin as well.
The opening reception is tonight at the Yossi Milo Gallery, from 6-8PM.
UPDATE: Pieter Hugo’s Kin will also be on view at the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg from October 3-November 8, and at their Cape Town location October 17-November 23.
Yossi Milo Gallery
September 6-October 19, 2013
245 10th Avenue, New York, NY