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.
Pieter Hugo (born 1976 in Johannesburg) is a photographic artist living in Cape Town.
The Foto Colectania Foundation is a private non-profit organization (reg. no. 1554) which opened in Barcelona in 2002 and whose purpose is to promulgate Photography and Collecting through exhibitions, activities (conferences, seminars, travels) and editing catalogs. Foto Colectania also has a photography collection that includes more than 2,000 works by Spanish and Portuguese authors from 1950 to the present. It also has a library of free consultation and a conservation camera where the photographic archive is being kept, Paco Gómez’s archive (donated by his family in 2001) and the deposit of a part of John Redón’s collection is saved.