Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024

Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
About the Session

From Thomas Baines to Jake Aikman, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists, spanning 175 years of visual landscape painting on the African continent. This comprehensive auction reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape. Through an examination of various themes, the auction seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives. The auction attempts to engage with the diversity of artists that have shaped and continue to shape the depiction of Africa through time.

The auction invites viewers on a captivating journey through the artistic expressions that mirror the multifaceted nature of African terrain. Through meticulous  curation and insightful analysis, the catalogue aspires to be a valuable resource for scholars, art enthusiasts and anyone eager to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of Africa’s rich and complex artistic heritage.

Curatorial Voices
Recognising the dynamic discourse surrounding African Landscape, both past and present, the auction features texts by invited contemporary curators responding to the auction selection and themes. As external voices, they provide critical insights into the complexities of the landscape theme. By amplifying these contemporary perspectives, the exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between traditional representations and the ever-evolving discourse on the role of African art within the global art market.

Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Nigeria
Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online
Ugoma Ebilah, Curator, Gallerist & Founder of Bloom Art
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa


Sold for

ZAR 43 700
Lot 65
  • Fiker Solomon; Web of Life 8
  • Fiker Solomon; Web of Life 8
  • Fiker Solomon; Web of Life 8


Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
VAT is charged on both hammer & premium for daggered lots
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 43 700
Location
Cape Town

About this Item

Ethiopian 1995-
Web of Life 8

signed and dated '23 on the reverse; accompanied by a Afriart Gallery certificate of authenticity, signed, dated 22/01/2024, inscribed with the artist's name, dated 2023, the title and medium

jute and cotton thread tapestry
135 by 98cm, unframed

Notes

Ethiopian artist Fiker Solomon weaves intricate tapestries using natural materials like jute, cotton, and sisal. Her work transcends traditional textile art as Solomon stitches, punches and knots the different materials together, continuously experimenting with new techniques to manipulate and join the material. She draws inspiration from nature's cyclical essence and the interconnectedness of human emotions. By employing 100% biodegradable materials, Solomon pays homage to nature and also repurposes discarded jute sacks, contributing to environmental sustainability. Jute sacks are both biodegradable and eco-friendly, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen even more rapidly than trees and, in Ethiopia, are primarily used for coffee export.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Camilla van Hoogstraten.

Provenance

Afriart Gallery, Kampala.

Private Collection.

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