scenes taken from different locations across South Africa, Kin oscillates from private to public with ease and sensitivity, revealing the gulf between the affluent and the impoverished in the aftermath of South Africaâ€™s colonial past, with all the troubling socio-economic factors that have fallen into place as a result. As the name suggests, Kin is about family and how in a country fraught with violence and desolation, with an unhappy past and an uncertain future, can one maintain the sanctity of roots and bloodlines. Hugo finds distinctiveness in the many altered and contested geographies that he has photographed across the continent. His images create a relationship between portraiture and landscape, inseparable yet worlds apart, depicting a continent where the people and the land have an intrinsic bond, where the familiar and the unfamiliar cross-pollinate and the uncommon finds level ground with the commonplace. He shows us the innate materialism of the occident in contrast to the resultant mutations that presently characterise Africa, making possible the impossible fusion of the civilized and the anarchic. 21
A catalogue detailing the works and artists included in the third iJusi portfolio, curated by Pieter Hugo.