September 18, 2013

Pieter Hugo at Fotografiska

Last week I stopped by Fotografiska, the photography museum, to say good-bye to the Helmut Newton exhibition (last day is September 29th) and took the opportunity to see one of the museum's new exhibitions: Pieter Hugo: This Must Be The Place.
Pieter Hugo is a relatively young photographer from Cape Town, South Africa. His work reflects his upbringing in the age of apartheid... with many of the photographs depicting people who have been marginalized in some way. Not only in South Africa, but throughout the continent. Victims of genocide, poverty, the AIDS epidemic and environmental disasters. The photographs do not glorify at all, instead they often look at the subjects in their day to day life.
While the subject matter is heavy, the pictures are beautiful, haunting and very thought provoking. In fact, I felt that I learned quite a lot during my visit to the exhibit. Do you know what happens to a computer when you throw it away? See the exhibit and find out. This exhibition will be going on through December 1st. Too heavy for you? Then you always have the museum's main autumn exhibition coming soon: fashion photographer Paolo Roversi (starting October 4th). Fotografiska is located on the waterfront at Stadsgårdkajen... just a 15-20 minute walk from the Rival Hotel.

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