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 21 105
Lot 89
  • Tusevo Landu; Ode to Freedom Fighters
  • Tusevo Landu; Ode to Freedom Fighters
  • Tusevo Landu; Ode to Freedom Fighters

Lot Estimate
ZAR 25 000 - 35 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 21 105

About this Item

Congolese 1997-
Ode to Freedom Fighters

signed, dated 2023 and inscribed with the title on the reverse

oil stick, acrylic, aerosol and shells on canvas
97 by 113cm excluding frame; 99,5 by 116 by 3,5cm including frame


"The artwork pays homage to the valiant freedom fighters, those who risked everything, casting off the chains that bound them to a dehumanising existence. Inspired by Steve Biko's "I Write What I Like," rendered boldly in red, the title embodies the spirit of freedom—freedom to express, live, breathe, and partake in life's offerings without scrutiny. The fusion of abstract and figurative elements captures the essence of creative liberty, enabling an exploration of the uncharted and a departure from the confines of self. "—Tusevo Landu, 2024.

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