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Pieter Hugo’s Photographic Recollection of the Rwandan Genocide is “Powerfully Restrained”

Pieter Hugo

 The Hyena And Other MenSean O’Hagan says that Pieter Hugo’s collection of old photographs of the 1994 Rwandan genocide lives up to the artistic reputation of the photographer whose critically acclaimed works, The Hyena and Other Men and Nollywood, have often been referenced in mainstream popular culture.

While Hugo maintains his deep suspicion of photography and its ability to communicate, O’Hagan says this series of older works is a “powerfully restrained piece of work”:

A few weeks ago, Pieter Hugo won the Seydo Keita award, the most prestigious prize at the Rencontres de Bamako in Mali, Africa’s foremost photography festival. I have been watching Hugo’s progress intently since I interviewed him for the Observer in July 2008, having been astonished by the images in his book The Hyena and Other Men, which went on to become one of the most celebrated photobooks of the noughties.

I wrote then that the book would be a hard act to follow, but Hugo has gone his own way with a keen eye for harsh socio-political subject matter. In 2009, he published Nollywood, a series of staged portraits from the strange and often disturbing world of the Nigerian film industry, the third biggest in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood.

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Pieter Hugo and Michael Cleary Win Young Director Award at Cannes for Spoek Mathambo’s “Control” Video

Spoek Mathambo

 The Hyena And Other MenYesterday photographer Pieter Hugo and Michael Cleary won a Young Director Award at a ceremony held at the Palais Stephanie in Cannes . They were awarded first prize in the “Non-European category” (my but that’s an unfortunate term, in the SA context) for their work on Spoek Mathambo’s music video, “Control”, a remake of Joy Division’s classic, “She’s Lost Control”. The video was shot on location in Langa, Cape Town. Books LIVE member Lauren Beukes was among those who shared the news via Twitter:


Congrats to Pieter Hugo & Michael Cleary for winning best young director at Cannes for @SPOEK_MATHAMBO ‘s Control http://bit.ly/iofh56less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Watch the video:

SPOEK MATHAMBO – CONTROL from spoek mathambo on Vimeo.

Read more about “Control”, the “darkwave township house cover” that “explores the world of township cults, street preaches and teen gangs”:

Control, fourth video from Spoek Mathambo’s debut album Mshini Wam, is a darkwave township house cover of the Joy Division classic ‘She’s Lost Control’. For the music video, Spoek has collaborated with one of South Africa’s most celebrated photographers, Pieter Hugo & cinematographer Michael Cleary. It explores the world of township cults, street preaches and teen gangs and was shot on location in a squatted train boarding house in Langa, Cape Town. The cast is mainly made up of the neighborhood kids who run their own dance troop, Happy Feet.

Congratulations to Hugo and Cleary!

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When Painting Pays: An Inspiring Case from Nigeria

An Artistâ��s HandbookNigerian painter Ayo Phillips, who goes by the name “AY”, is an artist specialising in portraiture – and he makes a living off it. Coming from a polygamous home with many siblings, there was not enough money to finance his school-leaving certificate. So AY packed his things and left home, with nothing but a flair for drawing to get on by. After spending three years under the tutelage of a master, AY successfully managed to set up his own outfit known as the AY Art Link located at the ever-busy Allen Junction in Lagos.

About his studying he says, “To be honest with you, it was not easy at all so I put in extra effort to learn as much as I could within a very short period so I could be on my own as quickly as possible. I had initially signed a three-year contract for the training but I ended up spending only one year and six months,”.

AY is making a living off his patience and diligence, fetching as much as N70,000 – about R3400 – or more for a single portrait.

Want to be like AY? Get An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques from David Krut, a perfect reference guide for a budding artist.

“All I have done, I have done on my own with no help from anybody. After my secondary school education, I worked with an outfit for sometime and had to resign because although the salary was small, it was not regular. My salary then was N4,500.

And one day, I decided to quit because even if the salary was regular, it was too little. How on earth was I going to get married and take care of my family with N4,500 monthly salary?” he asked.

God had other plans for him because he had blessed him with a great talent which he discovered and put to use.

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