Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art


Pieter Hugo
B. 1976
Digital C-Print, Edition 2/5 + 2 AP
152 by 152cm., 60 by 60in.
Painted in 2007
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Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by present owner


New York, Yossi Milo Gallery, Pieter Hugo: The Hyena and Other Men, 2007 - 2008

Catalogue Note

Garuba Yawu with Mora, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria was photographed by South African artist Pieter Hugo as part of a 2007 series in Ogere-Remo. He travelled to Nigeria after learning about some men walking along the streets with a hyena in chains through local newspaper reports.

Pieter Hugo recounts his first encounter with the men in Abuja saying, ‘It turned out that they were a group of itinerant minstrels, performers who used the animals to entertain crowds and sell traditional medicines. The animal handlers were all related to each other and were practising a tradition passed down from generation to generation. I spent eight days travelling with them’.

Born in Johannesburg and raised in Cape Town, Pieter Hugo became interested in the traditions of African communities through his own struggles with identity. Fascinated by the stories of marginalised groups, his photography explores the varying representations of African collectives from taxi washers in Durban to honey gatherers in Ghana.

Pieter Hugo has been exhibited in solo shows at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Le Château d'Eau in Toulouse, the Australian Centre for Photography, and Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. He has also been included in group exhibitions at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Bass Museum of Art in Florida, Tate Modern, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the 27th São Paulo Biennial.

Modern and Contemporary African Art