Exhibition Dates: September 6 - October 19, 2013
Friday, September 6
6:00 - 8:00 pm
In this the artist's forth solo show with Yossi Milo Gallery the artist treads into familiar territory and aims to locate himself and his own young family in South Africa's post-colonial world. This work is very much in-tune with past projects executed in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Botswana that engage issues of colonization, racial inequity, and widening economic disparity, but these works are closer to home. Through portraiture, still-life, and landscapes Hugo examines, as he describes it, "the failure of the South African colonial experiment and [his] sense of being 'colonial driftwood' ... South Africa is such a fractured, schizophrenic, wounded and problematic place" (Milo press). Hugo admits that while questions like how does one live and navigate in a society with such scaring and can, how, or must history be confronted and responsibility be taken did not bother him so much as they do now that he has started a family.
The work and its complicated narrative does implicate the artist's own family; Hugo presents intimate portraits of his pregnant wife, his daughter moments after her birth, and the domestic servant who has worked for Hugo's family for three generations. Locations and subjects of personal significance, such as cramped townships, contested farmlands, abandoned mining areas and sites of political influence, as well as psychologically charged still lives in people's homes and portraits of drifters and the homeless also compose the series. Alternating between private and public spaces, with a particular emphasis on the growing disparity between rich and poor, Kin is the artist's effort to locate himself and his young family in a country with a fraught history and an uncertain future.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery