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You might recognize the photography of South Africa-based Pieter Hugo from a series he did that focused on Nigerian men with hyenas on leashes. For a new project, he trained his lens on Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry. In staged reenactments of what he’d seen on real sets, Hugo had hired actors portray the stark, deeply symbolic characters and scenarios that populate Nigeria’s decidedly over the top film aesthetic. “Stars are local actors; plots confront the public with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted.” |BoingBoing|