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Le voyage très particulier de Pieter Hugo dans l'industrie du film du Nigeria.


Pieter Hugo remet en scène des personnages de films, souvent dans des costumes de films d'horreur - parfois grotesques - et des situations "gore" ou violentes... Cette galerie de portraits génère une impression très étrange, un doute sur la signification de ces costumes et de ces attitudes.

Ce cinéma nous étant en général tout à fait étranger, Pieter Hugo nous déstabilise quelque peu à la première lecture; on revient ensuite souvent à ce livre, pour la beauté des images et les surprises qu'elles nous réserve toujours.

50 photographies accompagnées de 3 textes (de Chris Abani, Zina Saro-Wiwa et Stacy Hardy) qui nous apprennent - chacun à leur manière - ce qu'est Nollywood.


120 pages - Cartonné sans jaquette (couverture simili-cuir)

Prestel, 2009

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"The Nigerian film industry is the third largest in the world, after those of the United States and India. Nigerian films often deal with the moral dilemmas facing modern Africans today and tell stories familiar to African families: of religion, violence, AIDS, and economic hardship. Much as he did with his previous book, the hugely successful The Hyena & Other Men, Pieter Hugo documents the intense and incredibly colorful world of Nollywood from an unusual angle. His images are staged representations of Nigerian film sets, featuring local actors who recreate themes and characters from Nollywood films: young men in military fatigues; witch doctors, healers and saints; hunters with their kill; prostitutes in their rooms. The result is a series of surreal tableaux rooted in local symbolic imagery. Accompanying the photographs are texts by Chris Abani, whose short fiction piece captures the chaos of the filmmaking process, and an essay by Zina Saro-Wiwa on Nollywood’s explosive growth and what it means to Nigerians. Presented in a simple and restrained format, Hugo’s gorgeous photographs reveal a little-known phenomenon to a wider audience."

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