17 Nov-19 Jan. This is the third time the Rome gallery presents a solo exhibition by the representative South African photographer, Pieter Hugo. This new series of photographs (2011 – 2012) consists of nearly 100 close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom come from South Africa or have made it their home.
Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasises the pigment (melanin) in his sitters’ skins so they appear heavily marked by blemishes and sun damage. These images denounce the contradictions of racial distinctions based on skin colour; discriminations that, from Hugo’s point of view, remain even in hell. 15.30-19.30.