Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 102 420
Lot 75
  • Pieter Hugo; John Addai (from 'The Wild Honey Collectors, Techiman District, Ghana' series)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 90 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 102 420

About this Item

South African 1976-
John Addai (from 'The Wild Honey Collectors, Techiman District, Ghana' series)
signed, dated 2005, numbered 4/5 and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin
archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper
image size: 81,5 by 81,5cm

Notes

In his landmark series, photographer Pieter Hugo captured a group of honey collectors in the Ghanaian jungle. Each sitter, shot singly and centrally, is dressed in the tools of his trade, with collars and sleeves stuffed with bee-repellent twigs and leaves. On each appears contemporary, western markers – Disney logos, gumboots and plastic masks, for instance – which haul the time-worn tradition very much into the present. John Addai, the focus of the present example, clutches a bundle of sticks and a bouquet of leaves: at a glance, he is both domestic provider and guerrilla soldier.

Exhibited

Stevenson, Cape Town, Pieter Hugo: Wild Honey Collectors, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005, 22 February to 25 March 2006.

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