Tuesday, 24 March 2009

IZ Magazine 2

We were pleased that Pieter Hugo agreed to allow us to publish
his new work form Nigeria "Nollywood".
In the Nollywood series, Hugo explores the multilayered reality of
the Nigerian film industry. Nollywood is the third largest film
industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1 000 movies each year.
In his travels through West Africa, Hugo became increasingly intrigued by this hyperactive industry, in constant production. He has created a series of portraits that play on the blur between reality and fiction by taking the actors off the set and asking them to recreate the stereotypical myths and symbols that characterise Nollywood productions.

I first saw Jan Banning's images from Bureaucratics, when I was in the Panos offices a few years back and they had just received his Bureaucratics from India. I remember thinking how such a simple idea had so wonderfully captured an aspect of India. This project developed into a book.
"This project hones in on the typically anonymous civil servant who, anywhere in the world, makes up a small cog in the gigantic machinery of the state. Jan Banning and writer Will Tinnemans photographed and interviewed approximately 250 civil servants in eight countries: Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, Yemen, and the United States."
The Dutch version of the book can be bought here

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