Pieter Hugo

Hugo, born 1976 in Johannesburg, is a photographic artist living in Cape Town.

Major solo exhibitions have taken place at Rencontres d'Arles; Museu Coleção Berardo; the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; the Hague Museum of Photography; Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne; Ludwig Museum in Budapest; Fotografiska in Stockholm; MAXXI in Rome and the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, among others.

Hugo has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including the Perez Art Museum Miami, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Barbican Art Gallery, Tate Modern, the Folkwang Museum, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and Bienal de São Paulo. 

His work is represented in prominent public and private collections. Among them are Centre Pompidou, Rijksmuesum, the Museum of Modern Art, V&A Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, J Paul Getty Museum, Walther Collection, Deutsche Börse Group, Folkwang Museum and Huis Marseille.

Hugo received the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d'Arles Festival and the KLM Paul Huf Award in 2008, the Seydou Keita Award at the Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennial and the Young Director Award at Cannes Lion Festival in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2012. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet and was chosen as the ‘In Focus’ artist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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