Pieter Hugo / Hacer Noche
Through February 5, 2019 / CFMAB

Pieter Hugo

South African photographer Pieter Hugo, known for his candid portraits often depicting people on the periphery of mainstream society, has produced a salient series of work in Mexico. An April visit to Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City was the starting point for Aquí se rompió una taza, part of which is on show at Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca de Juárez.

 

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo

Hugo was struck by David Alfaro Siqueiros’s room-spanning mural in the castle: Del Porfirismo a la Revolución. ‘It’s like a photo essay in one huge painting,’ he says, ‘As opposed to the journalistic approach of capturing one moment, muralism takes on multiple facets of history, depicting various sequences and the consequences of events.’

It’s a space Hugo inhabits, too, his work flitting between art, documentary and theatrical presentation. His photograph of garbage collectors, who are part of a street theatre troupe, mimics a protest scene from Siqueiros’ mural, their direct gazes a signature of Hugo’s portraiture.

 

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo

Known to challenge perceptions through the intimate presentation of his subjects, Hugo wished to capture a different side to Juchitán’s muxe culture (people whose birth sex is male but who identify as female). Having seen images of this third gender predominantly presented as playful and youthful, he sought to create an alternative narrative by placing an older generation before his lens. ‘I create a space for people to present themselves as they want to be seen,’ says the photographer, pointing to the portrait of an elegant elderly muxe adorned in golden jewelry.

 

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo

An encounter with a man who lives on the nudist beach of Zipolite resulted in a naked portrait on a donkey, while a conversation with a sex worker led to capturing her flaunting bright pink make-up – an image far removed from her previous life as a police officer. ‘Mexicans have a very strong visual sensibility,’ says the artist of his latest subjects. ‘They get it.’

–Tracy Lynn Chemaly / Wallpaper*

Pieter Hugo / Hacer Noche
Through February 5, 2019 / CFMAB Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Read full article >
Visit the exhibition page >

Year End 2021
This Triumphant Nothingness
Once again we arrive at the end of another year. 2021 was a year replete with contradictions and conflict,...
+
Deana Lawson
Nov 4, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Lawson, a singular voice in photography today...
+
Bayil – Behind The Hills
Bayil, Baku / Ongoing Project
On the horizon of the district between old, handmade fences and the sky, you can see the newly built...
+
Post-Capital
Art & Economics of the Digital Age
Developed within a period of change and uncertainty, the exhibition is premised on the inherent paradox within a capitalist...
+
Yesterday / Sal Taylor Kydd
Limited Edition Book Publication
A limited edition artist book produced in conjunction with Datz Press, Yesterday explores the feelings of isolation and dislocation...
+
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Sep 29, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022
Johns's groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and...
+
Let Us Now Give Thanks
Native American Art
It's Thanksgiving. A nation’s founding conditioned on colonialism, proclamation premised on the blood of the natives and sustained with...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .125
Autumn Is a Second Spring
Deeply into fall now, falling back an hour to a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Recently...
+
Year End 2021
This Triumphant Nothingness
Once again we arrive at the end of another year. 2021 was a year replete with contradictions and conflict,...
+
Deana Lawson
Nov 4, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Lawson, a singular voice in photography today...
+
Bayil – Behind The Hills
Bayil, Baku / Ongoing Project
On the horizon of the district between old, handmade fences and the sky, you can see the newly built...
+
Post-Capital
Art & Economics of the Digital Age
Developed within a period of change and uncertainty, the exhibition is premised on the inherent paradox within a capitalist...
+
Yesterday / Sal Taylor Kydd
Limited Edition Book Publication
A limited edition artist book produced in conjunction with Datz Press, Yesterday explores the feelings of isolation and dislocation...
+
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Sep 29, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022
Johns's groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and...
+
Let Us Now Give Thanks
Native American Art
It's Thanksgiving. A nation’s founding conditioned on colonialism, proclamation premised on the blood of the natives and sustained with...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .125
Autumn Is a Second Spring
Deeply into fall now, falling back an hour to a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Recently...
+