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PIETER HUGO / SOUTH AFRICA: ABDULLAHI MOHAMMED WITH MAINASARA, 2007 The main figures in Pieter Hugo’s series The Hyena and Other Men are the so-called Gadawan Kura, hyena men from Nigeria. The men, who mainly frequent the poverty-stricken outskirts of Nigerian cities such as Abuja and Lagos, have a devoutly superstitious attitude to the life-threatening predators and work determinedly to tame them into something like domestic animals. For centuries the hyena has played a central role in mythology and folk tales across the continent, and in this way Pieter Hugo’s work reflects how tradition and renewal exist side by side in modern Africa. c-print, courtesy: Priska Pasquer LAGOS 73


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