His photo exhibition at the Henri Cartier Bresson Exposition was brilliant and breathe taking. The primary reason I liked these photos is because they always have stories behind them.
The exhibition showcased Hugo’s latest series Kan. Hugo stated that this series illustrates the failure of colonialism in his South African homeland. As such, the pictures represent issues of racial diversity, economic disparity and colonization in South Africa. Although these topics and subjects are often complex to decipher, Hugo tackles them from an artistic point of view. 2The cliché “a picture speaks a thousand words” best describes Hugo works at the Henri Cartier Bresson Exposition. The photographs cover subjects and topics which in most instances are personally significant to the artist such as contested farmlands, important political sites and cramped townships. Also, some of the photographs at the exhibition capture people in their homes, the homeless and drifters. Further, Hugo captures intimate moments showing his pregnant wife, their domestic servant and his child after being born. Thus, the photographs alternate between the public and private spaces to present a clear narrative. Mostly, Hugo’s photographs at the Henri Cartier Bresson Exposition focus on the growing economic disparity between people who are often rich and the poor. Thus, Hugo focuses mostly on the dark side of his homeland and subsequently offers a personal exploration and depiction of the complex issues affecting his country South Africa. South Africa as a country is plagued with a widening gap between the rich and the poor. Additionally, the nation is struggling to come to terms with its apartheid past.
To reiterate and illustrate these topics (economic disparity, colonization, modernity and apartheid) clearly and extensively, Hugo includes them in each and every photograph. For instance, there is a photograph depicting a homosexual couple which has been