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Pieter Hugo (South African, b.1976)
LOT ID: 80259
Thembile Mabaso, Johannesburg, 2003

Pigment Print, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper
22 х 18 in. (55.88 x 45.72 cm.)
Signed, and numbered '1/5' on verso.
Print/Casting Year 2003
Edition 1/5
Lot description
All of the proceeds from this sale will go directly to ECPAT-USA, a non-profit organization that seeks to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children by raising awareness, advocating for the victims, developing policies for the public and private sectors, and passing legislation.

This work is from Pieter Hugo's series "Looking Aside" in which he photographed individuals that society has conditioned us to ignore, such as the blind, the elderly, and people with albinism, as seen in "Thembile Mabaso, Johannesburg." Hugo completed this series of over 50 portraits between 2003 and 2006.

South African photographer and filmmaker Pieter Hugo (b. 1976) is known for creating powerful, humanistic images with political undertones. The self-taught artist incorporates the common themes of the post-apartheid generation, capturing visually arresting images of AIDS victims in their coffins, the genocide fields of Rwanda, football fans in animal masks, and trash dumps in Ghana.

The artist has received numerous awards including the Young Director Award (Cannes Lions Festival), First Prize in the World Press Photo 2005 competition, the Discovery Award (Arles Festival), and the Young Photographer Award (Getty Images). Hugo’s work has been featured in multiple exhibitions internationally with shows at The Hague Museum of Photography (The Hague, NL), Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK), and Aperture Gallery (New York, NY).

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
V&A Museum (London, UK)
South African National Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)
Thembile Mabaso, Johannesburg by Pieter Hugo
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