Nigeria’s film industry a.k.a Nollywood is the third largest film industry in the world. However, it’s narratives often differ greatly from the story book endings almost always guaranteed by Hollywood or the happy song and dance that most associate with Bollywood.
Photographer Pieter Hugo’s Nollywood exhibition shines a light upon an industry that was birthed from the rich and vibrant story telling and the sometimes very unfortunate stories it has been forced to tell for hundreds of years. The images are breathtaking, beautiful, intimidating, terrifying, humorous, and saddening all at once.
Visual commentary on race, sex, love, violence, class, and consumerism are evident throughout Nigerian film making and Hugo’s unabashed approach to photography serves up these elements just like the clips of any Oscar contender should.