Juhan Kuus: The Measure of Humanity

Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton in what used to be Mandela's cell on Robben Island. Photography by Juhan Kuus (EKM Digital Collection)
8/23/2016 1:20 PM
Category: Culture

Tallinn’s Adamson-Eric Museum is exhibiting works of Juhan Kuus (1953-2015), a photographer of Estonian origin who lived and worked in South Africa. The exhibition features pictures taken over a period of 45 years.

Kuus’ work shows difficult periods and topics from a human perspective. His work has appeared in some of the world’s most renowned publications, the Times, The Independent, and The New York Times, among others.

While his photographies are a visual chronicle of some of South Africa’s most important historical events in the 20th century, they also portray the local people and their lives, writes curator of the exhibition, Kersti Koll.

“It’s honest to the bone, being physically and spiritually at the center of the events. Juhan Kuus’ reproduction of these events is very sharp, very honest, very independent,” Koll writes.

In the words of curator Toomas Järve, Kuus’ oeuvre shows the photographer’s rare ability to get very close to his subjects and portray them in a very intimate way.

Parallel to the museum’s exhibition, there is a pop-up exhibition called “On the Way” (“Teel”) that displays a selection of Kuus’ images on the subject of moving around South Africa on wheels.

The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Jan. 15, 2017. Click on the link for the museum’s exhibition page.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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