Pieter Hugo - ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales London Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

  • Literature

    P. Hugo, Permanent Error, Munich: Prestel, 2011, p. 25
    Pieter Hugo: This Must be the Place, Munich: Prestel, 2012, p. 153

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘It is a very strange, surreal place, where time seems suspended.’

    Pieter Hugo

    Ghana’s Agbogbloshie dump, a vast wasteland of discarded electronics, is the setting of Pieter Hugo’s Permanent Error series, which focuses on the local people who sort through and burn down the e-waste, extracting small bits of metal for resale amidst the toxic air. Using a medium-format camera, Hugo captured these striking images, giving his powerful figures and the noxious landscape equal presence within the frame.


Al Hasan Abukari, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana from Permanent Error

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 82 x 82 cm (32 1/4 x 32 1/4 in.)
Frame: 101 x 101 cm (39 3/4 x 39 3/4 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 2/10 on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £12,500

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