Live Virtual Auction, 11 - 12 October 2021

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Lot 197
  • Arabella Caccia; The Keeper of Dreams
  • Arabella Caccia; The Keeper of Dreams
  • Arabella Caccia; The Keeper of Dreams
  • Arabella Caccia; The Keeper of Dreams
  • Arabella Caccia; The Keeper of Dreams


Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
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About this Item

South African 1965-
The Keeper of Dreams
signed and dated 2011
oil on board
103,5 by 169cm excluding frame; 109,5 by 175 by 7cm including frame

Notes

The title of the present lot references a line from a poem by the South African poet Lebogang Mashile:

"You and I
We are the keepers of dreams
We mould them into light beams
And weave them into life's seams ..."


According to the artist's website, the composition of the artwork references the traditional European cannon of the Venus Pudica depicted by numerous artists over decades. The sitter, Asisipho Ndlovu Malunga is a dancer who Caccia uses to depict what the artist believes to be the "archetype of an African Venus"1

1https://www.arabellacaccia.com/2011/12/18/caccias-girl-in-a-red-dress-part-of-everard-reads-15th-anniversary-exhibition/, accessed on the 22 August 2020.


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