Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo, Kofi Abanga, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, David Akore, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, Yaw Francis, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, Aissah Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, Naasra Yeti, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, Abdulai Yahaya, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, Mami Al Hassan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

Pieter Hugo, Amama Suleiman, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009. From the series Permanent Error. Digital C-Print 68″ × 68″

All images from Pieter Hugo, Permanent Error recently on view at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Pieter Hugo’s new series, Permanent Error, depicts Agbogbloshie, a massive dump site for technological waste on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital city, and the locals who burn down the components to extract bits of copper, brass, aluminum and zinc for resale. Tons of outdated and broken computers, computer games, mobile phones and other e-waste are shipped to the area as “donations” from the West, under the guise of providing technology to developing countries. Rather than helping to bridge the digital divide, the equipment is transformed into noxious trash threatening the health of the area’s inhabitants and contaminating the water and soil.

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