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Review: Pieter Hugo at Milo Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 12, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: September 12, 2011

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Through October 29, 2011

"Heartbreaking" can not begin to describe the apocalyptic images of Agbogbloshie, a dumpsite for technological waste outside the capital city of Ghana. The tale of even one worker scavenging the heaps of leftover computer, phone, and game bits would be disheartening, but Pieter Hugo's new work offers striking glimpse into the life and world that is reality to many in the area. Western "donations" are scavenged in toxic process for bits of copper, brass, aluminum, and zinc for resale, and the meager living afforded by the dangerous work in no way seems worth the risk. Men, women, and children are seen combing through remains, black noxious smoke billowing on dead landscapes. There is a strong and lasting dignity to the figures, a quiet calling out in their eyes, emotion is strong, pain is deep, and the images will last if not haunt. Reflection on our rhythm of consumption and dumping of what have become everyday electronics is demanded.

One cannot describe these sites, the work must be seen and felt.

For more on the exhibition please visit Yossi Milo Gallery

Text available through the gallery.

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