Pieter Hugo’s Photos on Nigerian Cinema


There are plenty of cutesy, cheeky variations on "Hollywood" that refer to national and regional film industries — Dhaliwood, Chollywood, Kollywood — but Bollywood's the only one that's really made it into common parlance. Maybe it's time to add one to that list. In his striking series of color photographs, South African artist Pieter Hugo focuses on Nollywood: Nigeria's booming industry, that churns out a staggering 1,000 films per year. (Most go straight to video — but still.) For his photographs, Hugo sets up his own "film stills" based on common themes in Nigerian cinema, resulting in sharp, strong images with narratives all their own. These are on view at Yossi Milo through April 10.