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Pieter Hugo

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Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo. David Akore, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

I first encountered the dump in a photograph published by National Geographic. This is a recurrent theme in my photography, how photographs prompt me to make my own photographs. Pieter Hugo

"This essay was photographed on a densely populated triangle of land in the Ghanaian capital of Accra. Bounded by the Abossey Okai Road and Odaw River, a polluted waterway that flows into the Korle Lagoon, Agbogbloshie is the second largest e-waste processing area in West Africa.

Old Fadama is an impoverished settlement that offers northern migrants to the city the cheapest rents and a convenient base close to the central markets, a major employer. Home to an estimated 80,000 inhabitants, this mixed-used area on a former wetland consists not only of formal and informal residences for disenfranchised migrants to the city, but a commercial bus depot, and a vast and differentiated marketplace that includes specialised e-waste markets. An irregular activity until a few years ago, large volumes of end-of-life computers and television are now handled by Ghana’s port daily. Shipped under pretext of being reusable electronic goods, items that are not saleable end up at Agbogbloshie, nicknamed by locals as ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’."

It is here that circuits, transistors, capacitors and semiconductors are reduced to their base metals. There is, one has to admit, something beautifully alchemical about what’s happening there: these devices that are the pinnacle of cultural achievement get transformed back into their base elements. Of course, this is the sympathetic reading of an artist. The political ecologist Paul Robbins has described the dump as ‘a bizarre engine that maintains a self-replicating worldwide system of over-production’. I think it is fair to say that Agbogbloshie is a dark and dirty monument to the digital age, to our faith in technology and its built-in obsolescence. This idea of surplus and waste, which is key to our digital experience, is not one that many people seem comfortable addressing. Being in an environment like this, where geopolitical imbalances are being exploited to effectively dump waste on poor countries, it is hard not to take a political position. And so I have let my photographs be used by advocacy groups.

I first encountered the dump in a photograph published by National Geographic. This is a recurrent theme in my photography, how photographs prompt me to make my own photographs. The work was produced during two trips of two weeks each. I tend to photograph over two-week stretches. I find this is a period in which I can keep my eye fresh. After that you become too accustomed to a place. It was something I realised in Rwanda, how quickly one becomes desensitised and acclimatised to completely unacceptable situations, how the mind is capable of this."

-- Pieter Hugo

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Pieter Hugo

Abukari Sani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Kofi Abanga, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Al Hasan Abukari, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Naasra Yeti, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Al Hasan Fuseni, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Mami Al Hassan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Kofi Abanga, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Abukari Sani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Aissah Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

David Akore, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Manaf Ibrahim, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

David Akore, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 01:48, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Manaf Ibrahim, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 01:48, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Yaw Francis, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Omar Idris, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Yakubu Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Saani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Zakaria Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Pieter Hugo

Yaw Francis, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

Saani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

PE 01, 2009

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Pieter Hugo

PE 02, 2009

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Abukari Sani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00

2009

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Kofi Abanga, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00

2009

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Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Al Hasan Abukari, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Naasra Yeti, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Al Hasan Fuseni, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2010

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Mami Al Hassan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2010

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Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Kofi Abanga, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Abukari Sani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Aissah Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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David Akore, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Manaf Ibrahim, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00

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David Akore, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 01:48

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Manaf Ibrahim, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 01:48

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Yaw Francis, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Omar Idris, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Yakubu Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Saani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Zakaria Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2010

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2010

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana

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Yaw Francis, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00

2009

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Saani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00

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Artist

Pieter Hugo

1976 (RSA)

Hugo is a photographic artist living in Cape Town.

Major museum solo exhibitions have taken place at 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 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Barbican Art Gallery, Tate Modern, the Folkwang Museum, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and the São Paulo Biennale.

His work is represented in prominent public and private collections, among them 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 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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Manaf Ibrahim, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 01:48, 2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Omar Idris, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Yakubu Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Zakaria Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010

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Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009

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Yaw Francis, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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Saani, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 02:00, 2009

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PE 04, 2009

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