Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Timed Online Auction, 13 - 28 February 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Including Property of Collectors and The Harry Kantor Collection.

Harry Kantor (1934-2019), a Capetonian, moved to Harare in the late 1950s. He supported local art institutions such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Gallery Delta, serving as Chairman of both institutions. He promoted Zimbabwe's artists globally and amassed over 300 works, including European and indigenous African painters, Victorian and Chinese pieces. His collection includes significant roots of early Zimbabwean painting. Five paintings from his collection are on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts' exhibition "When We See Us", featuring African figurative art.

Lots 51-62 can be viewed on our current Timed Online Auction, and lot 75 in our Curatorial Voices Auction, both taking place on the 28th of February.

Sold for

Lot 4
  • Hasan Essop and Husain Essop; X-Ray
  • Hasan Essop and Husain Essop; X-Ray
  • Hasan Essop and Husain Essop; X-Ray

Lot Estimate
ZAR 10 000 - 15 000
Selling Price

About this Item

South African 1985-

edition of 5 + 2 AP, only 2 printed

pigment print on cotton rag paper
106 by 158cm excluding frame; 109 by 169 by 6cm including frame


Hasan and Husain Essop, born and raised in Cape Town, graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2007, where they studied photography and printmaking. Twin brothers and collaborators, their work constitutes performance-based photographs that interrogate the notions of place, identity, and religion – particularly that of Islam in Western culture. As Muslims, the representation of the human form is forbidden. Therefore, the brothers place themselves in front of the camera, thus putting this burden solely on them.

In 2009, the Essops held a residency in Cuba that coincided with their participation in the Havana Biennale. They have exhibited widely, including at the Dakar Biennale (2010) and in Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at London’s V&A Museum (2011). In 2014, they received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Their work forms part of several public collections, including The Walther Collection, The Iziko South African National Gallery, and the Deutsche and Standard Bank collections.


Red Cross Children's Hospital Art Auction, 2009.

Strauss & Co, Cape Town, 16 October 2017, lot 545.

Property of Collectors.

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