octobre 1, 2022
Juxtapoz Magazine – Pieter Hugo’s New Portraits Embrace Vulnerability and Frailty

Juxtapoz Magazine – Pieter Hugo’s New Portraits Embrace Vulnerability and Frailty

Stevenson, Amsterdam // September 02, 2022 – October 22, 2022

Alan, Paris, 2019 © Pieter HugoAlan, Paris, 2019 © Pieter Hugo

Alex, London, 2020 © Pieter HugoAlex, London, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Alicia, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoAlicia, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Ari, London, 2020 © Pieter HugoAri, London, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Dayan, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoDayan, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Donovan, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoDonovan, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Emile, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoEmile, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Enzo, London, 2020 © Pieter HugoEnzo, London, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Jono, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter HugoJono, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Kristy, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoKristy, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Lebone, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter HugoLebone, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Luca, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter HugoLuca, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Mziyanda, Cape Town 2021 © Pieter HugoMziyanda, Cape Town 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Polyka, Paris, 2019 © Pieter HugoPolyka, Paris, 2019 © Pieter Hugo

Sam, London, 2020 © Pieter HugoSam, London, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Sarah, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoSarah, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Shae, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter HugoShae, Cape Town, 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Siyababa, Johannesburg, 2021 © Pieter HugoSiyababa, Johannesburg, 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Tamara, Johannesburg, 2021 © Pieter HugoTamara, Johannesburg, 2021 © Pieter Hugo

Tebs, London, 2020 © Pieter HugoTebs, London, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

Tristan, NYC, 2020 © Pieter HugoTristan, NYC, 2020 © Pieter Hugo

In Solus at Stevenson, photographer Pieter Hugo reflects on the values that constitute the fashion industry’s shifting aesthetic through a series of straightforward portraits of street-cast models. Hugo found himself captivated by sitters with unconventional and atypical looks, particularly before they underwent fashion’s machinations of wardrobe, makeup and hair. He has written:

« If normal is symmetrical I am drawn to the asymmetrical. The rigidity of a normal gait must be stifling. Society wants to control through a dualistic status where everything is about balance and resolution. Boring! Give me limping peg-legged pirates any day – not for their difference but their uniqueness. These kids are at an age where everything changes daily. Where the world doesn’t spin fast enough. There’s an incredible beauty in the mess of youth, and there is something affirming in not being run-of-the-mill. I think everyone can relate to not fitting in, not belonging. I relate to their seeming strangeness. »

Drawn to this uniqueness and recalling the sense of not-belonging that is part of the intense experience of youth, Hugo’s invitation to the models was ‘Simply present yourself’. The resulting photographs embrace vulnerability and frailty as much as they do the agency and idealism of their subjects.

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