Pieter and Maryna Vermeulen with Timana Phosiwa; Messina/Musina; Messina/Musina

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Acquired in 2011 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Pieter Hugo
attributions_note
bibliography
image appears on page 10 and 56
collection_code
PDP
credit
date_end
2006-12-31
date_start
2006-01-01
date_text
2006 (photographed) 2010 (printed)
descriptive_line
C-print photograph, 'Pieter and Maryna Vermeulen with Timana Phosiwa', from the series 'Messina/Musina', by Pieter Hugo, South Africa, 2006
dimensions
Height: 202.5 cm Paper, Width: 168.5 cm Paper, Height: 170 cm Image, Width: 136 cm Image
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (Victoria & Albert Museum 12/04/2011-17/07/2011) Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (Victoria & Albert Museum 12/04/2011-17/07/2011)
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Included in exhibition 'Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography' at the V&A, 12 April - 17 July 2011.
id
1096954
label
last_checked
2014-08-31T19:01:33.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-31T19:01:33.000Z
latitude
-28.483219
location
In Storage
longitude
24.676991
marks
materials
materials_techniques
C-print photograph
museum_number
E.422-2011
museum_number_token
e4222011
object_number
O1240317
object_type
Photograph
on_display
original_currency
USD
original_price
10200.00
physical_description
C-print photograph of a bare-footed white women and a white bare-chested man with prothetic leg seated on a discarded car seat. The women is holding a small black child on her lap.
place
South Africa
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
Limited edition
public_access_description
Pieter Hugo (born Johannesburg, 1976), a self-taught photographer and filmmaker, is often drawn to uncomfortable subjects whose distinctive features, clothing and settings all reveal details about their social situation. In this work, a startling portrait of a new South African family, Hugo captures a white couple, the man gripping a prosthetic leg, the woman proud but poor, sitting on a discarded car seat with a black infant tenderly held on her lap. The sitters pose self consciously for the camera, their lives laid bare for perusal. The picture comes from the series Messina/Musina consisting mainly of portraits of black and white families and individuals. The people in his portraits allude to a complex web of social, economic and political relations in an isolated community. Hugo aims for complexity rather than clich├ęs about Africa, which often makes people feel uncomfortable. As Hugo puts it, 'I don't think art has a responsibility to be pretty.'
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2
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slug
pieter-and-maryna-vermeulen-with-photograph-pieter-hugo
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2013-08-23T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
photography
title
Pieter and Maryna Vermeulen with Timana Phosiwa; Messina/Musina; Messina/Musina
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
2006
year_start
2006