Pieter Hugo | There's a place in hell for me and my friends

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Pieter Hugo | There's a place in hell for me and my friends

via San Francesco di Sales 16a
I - 00165 Rome
November 17th, 2012 - November 17th, 2012
Opening: November 17th, 2012 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

+39 06 68210655
monday - friday 3,30pm - 7,30 pm


p i e t e r  h u g o | there’s a place in hell for me and my friends

17 november 2012 – 19 january 2013

opening:     saturday 17 november from 12 to 6 pm

e x t r a s p a z i o  is pleased to present There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, the third solo exhibition by Pieter Hugo (Johannesburg, 1976; lives and works in Cape Town) in the gallery.

Almost a year after his exhibition Permanent Error at MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del XXl secolo), Pieter Hugo, one of the most representative photographers of his generation, is back to Rome with There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends.

This new series of photographs (2011 – 2012), on show for the first time, consists of nearly one hundred close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom have made South Africa their home or who are from there.

Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasizes the pigment (melanin) in his sitters’ skins so they appear heavily marked by blemishes and sun damage. Damages that are common to all human beings.

As the result, these images denounce the contradictions of racial distinctions based on skin colour. Discriminations that, from Hugo’s point of view, remain ineradicable even in hell, as Morrissey says in his ominous song: “Our skin | And our blood | And our bones | Don’get in your way |  Making you ill | The way they did | When we lived | Oh, There is a place | A place in hell | Reserved | For me and my friends”.


The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph published by oodee, London.


Opening hours: tuesday – saturday 3.30 – 7.30 pm


Pieter Hugo’s works are included in the following public collections:

21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bass Museum, Miami, Florida; Cincinnati Art Museum; Daimler Art Collection; Deutsche Börse Group, Frankfurt; Ethnologische Museum, Berlin

FNAC, France; Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam; Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Modena, Italy; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, The Netherlands; Huis Marseille, Amsterdam; Johanesburg Art Gallery, South Africa; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; LaSalle Bank, Chicago, Illinois Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida; Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; MOMA, New York; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; MUSAC_Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey; North Carolina Museum of Art; Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Walther Collection, Burlafingen, Germany; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Pieter Hugo has won some of the most prestigious internazional photographic awards: Seydou Keita Award, 9th Recontres de Bamako, Mali, 2011; FOTOGRAFIA - The Road to Contemporary Art Award 2011, assigned by FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale, Rome; Young Director Award, assigned by Cannes Lions Festival; Discovery Award 2008, assigned by Rencontres d’Arles Photographie; KLM Paul Huf Award in 2007, organized by Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2007, Johannesburg, South Africa; First Prize in the “Portraits section” of the 2006 World Press Photo Award.