Pieter Hugo: In Conversation and Book Signing at Huxley-Parlour


Pieter Hugo will be at the gallery on Wednesday 19 February signing copies of his latest book La Cucaracha, published by RM Editions in October 2019. The book features photographs taken over the course of four trips made by Hugo between 2018 and 2019 to Mexico City, Oaxaca de Juárez, Juchitán and Hermosillo, and dwells on themes of sex, spirituality and death in Mexican culture.

The title of the body of work, La Cucaracha, comes from the Spanish folk song, popular in Mexico, which tells the story of a cockroach who struggles to walk with two back legs missing. Although the original meaning of the song remains unknown, the titular character can symbolise resilience in the face of hardship, becoming a metaphor for the extremes of Mexican life.

Born in Johannesburg in 1976, Hugo is a critically acclaimed photographer whose work focusses on marginalised communities and those on the periphery of society. La Cucaracha is the photographer’s thirteenth book, with works from his earlier series now included in the collections of several major museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Rijksmuesum, Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The event will take place on Wednesday 19 February from 6 – 8pm, and accompanies the opening of the first UK presentation of works from the series at Huxley-Parlour. At 6pm, the photographer will be in conversation with writer and critic Sean O’Hagan, followed by the book signing from 6.30pm. Printed in a first edition print run of 1,500, there will be a limited number of copies of La Cucaracha available to purchase on the day, priced at £59.

This event is free, with no booking required.

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