Revisit: Africa as Freak Show ~ Pieter Hugo

Found via (Notes On) Politics, Theory & Photography, an interesting approach to Pieter Hugo‘s The Hyena & Other Men.

“Much of Hugo’s work seem to me fairly unexceptional – more or less standard portraits albeit some of albinos or members of various Christian sects. Those that stand out, like he one I’ve lifted here, seem to me to portray Africa as a freak show – men and boys posing with baboons dressed in human clothes or huge, slouching hyneas on leashes. Is he trying to recreate the exotic? Is he trying to portray menace? Is he establishing a continuum between the local fauna in Africa and its human inhabitants? Beats me.”

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