2011 - 2012


Pieter Hugo


There's a Place in Hell for Me and my Friends

Pieter Hugo's There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends is a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. 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. The resulting portraits are the antithesis of the airbrushed images that determine the canons of beauty in popular culture, and expose the contradictions of racial distinctions based on skin colour. As the critic Aaron Schuman writes, "although at first glance we may look 'black' or 'white', the components that remain 'active' beneath the surface consist of a much broader spectrum. What superficially appears to divide us is in fact something that we all share, and like these photographs, we are not merely black and white - we are red, yellow, brown, and so on; we are all, in fact, coloured."



Jake Aikman, 2011

Bridget Baker, 2012

Dan Halter, 2011

Matthew Hindley (1), 2012

Matthew Hindley (2), 2012

Anthony Gird (1), 2012

Anthony Gird (2), 2012

Jim Harrington (1), 2011

Jim Harrington (2), 2011

Victoria Jane Peters, 2012

Anthea Duce, 2011

Porky Hefer (1), 2012

Porky Hefer (2), 2012

Kirsten Kuhn, 2012

Tamsyn Reynolds, 2011

Anthony Smith (1), 2011

Anthony Smith (2), 2011

Anthony Smith (3), 2011

Anthony Smith (4), 2011

Anthony Smith (5), 2011

Ray du Toit (1), 2012

Ray du Toit (2), 2012

Hayden Phipps, 2011

Yasser Booley, 2011

Tom Cullberg, 2011

Shamiela Seedat (1), 2012

Shamiela Seedat (2), 2012

Shamiela Seedat (3), 2012

Shamiela Seedat (4), 2012

Shamiela Seedat (5), 2012

Wentzel van der Gryp (1), 2011

Wentzel van der Gryp (2), 2011

Ralph Borland (1), 2011

Ralph Borland (2), 2011

Julia Rosa Clark, 2012

Lebo Tlali (1), 2012

Lebo Tlali (2), 2012

Celeste Horn, 2012

Federica Angelucci, 2011

Bradley Abrahams, 2011

James Webb (1), 2012

James Webb (2), 2012

James Webb (3), 2012

James Webb (4), 2012

James Webb (5), 2012

Chloe Essery (1), 2012

Chloe Essery (2), 2012

Carl Wessel, 2011

Montle Moorosi, 2011

Stacy Hardy, 2011

Ashleigh McLean, 2011

Michael Cleary, 2011

Pieter Hugo, 2011

Simon Wall, 2012

Rob van Vuuren, 2011

Nandipha Mntambo (1), 2012

Nandipha Mntambo (2), 2012

Nandipha Mntambo (3), 2012

Nandipha Mntambo (4), 2012

Nandipha Mntambo (5), 2012

Michael Stevenson (1), 2012

Michael Stevenson (2), 2012

Marie van Niekerk, 2011

Oliver Kruger, 2012

Peter Badenhorst, 2012

Thabiso Sekgala (1), 2012

Thabiso Sekgala (2), 2012

Thabiso Sekgala (3), 2012

Thabiso Sekgala (4), 2012

Thabiso Sekgala (5), 2012

Sarah Raymond, 2011

Jon Day, 2011

Markus Blank, 2011

Themba Tshabalala, 2011

David Scholtz, 2011

Brett Williams (1), 2012

Brett Williams (2), 2012

Neil Burton (1), 2011

Neil Burton (2), 2011

Trasi Henen, 2011

Peter Eastman, 2012

Annebelle Schreuders (1), 2012

Annebelle Schreuders (2), 2012

Stefan Blank, 2012

Michael de Klerk, 2011

John Murray (1), 2012

John Murray (2), 2012

Adam Fenn, 2012

Simon Southwood, 2012

Vanessa Inggs, 2012

Brad Bird, 2012

Manuela Kacinari, 2012

Adam Lieber, 2012

Gregg Smith, 2012