Printed in 2014
Offset Print on Tatami paper, 170 gsm.
84 x 60 cm
Edition of 50
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From the series There's a Place in Hell For Me and My Friends.
Pieter Hugo's There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends is a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasizes the pigment (melanin) in his sitters' skins so they appear heavily marked by blemishes and sun damage. The resulting portraits are the antithesis of the airbrushed images that determine the canons of beauty in popular culture, and expose the contradictions of racial distinctions based on skin colour.
Pieter Hugo (born 1976 in Johannesburg) is a photographic artist living in Cape Town. Hugo has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including Tate Modern, the Folkwang Museum, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and the São Paulo Bienal. His work is represented in prominent public and private collections.