Pieter Hugo's Kin
, a collection of images shot over the past decade, focuses on the photographer's family, his community and himself. Writer John Mahoney characterises it as the artist's first major work to focus exclusively on his personal experience in his native South Africa, a place defined by centuries of political, cultural, and racial tensions and contradictions. Hugo describes his series as "an engagement with the failure of the South African colonial experiment and my sense of being 'colonial driftwood'. South Africa is such a fractured, schizophrenic, wounded, and problematic place ... 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?" This work attempts to address these questions and reflect on the nature of conflicting personal and collective narratives. In addition to the photographer's statement, the book features a short story by Ben Okri.
Published by Aperture | 2014
Hardcover, 164 pages | ISBN 978-1-59711-301-4 | Price: R1 090