Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 19 550
Lot 16
  • Sizwe Sama Sibisi; Look Into My Eyes

Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 16 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 19 550

About this Item

South African 1987-
Look Into My Eyes

accompanied by a Guns & Rain certificate of authenticity signed, dated ‘15/07/2020’, and inscribed with the title and medium

patchwork on linen
96,5 by 52cm excluding frame; 98,5 by 54 by 5cm including frame


The present lot is accompanied by a Guns & Rain certificate of authenticity. 

"This artwork was inspired by unrequited love. When someone lies to you, they usually dodge eye contact." —Sizwe Sama Sibisi

Sizwe Sama Sibisi is a visual artist from Kwa-Zulu Natal who taught himself about art thanks to his local library in Pietermaritzburg and the Tatham Art Gallery. He originally trained as a nurse but is now a full-time artist.

In his own words: “My work celebrates and honours the LGBTQI+ community and Single Mothers. The colourfulness and layering calls to mind ‘confetti’ which signifies celebration and festivity at PRIDE marches and events. The various colours are me sprinkling some confetti onto the downtrodden members of our society. The consistent ‘D’ shape signifies the profile of a pregnant woman’s stomach. Oftentimes a woman is left to raise her young alone, which is a huge struggle, yet they manage beautifully. Nonbinary groups and women are subjected to a wide lack of acceptance, ridicule, and violence. I reflect on this in the intricate patterns of my artworks. Hand-stitching is a part of my art-making process, as it reminds me of my mother doing mending for my brother and I growing up. She’s worked as a seamstress for most of her life. She’s been taking care of my brother and me by using her hands to stitch. The way I look at it is: women do a good job stitching society together. South Africa as a society has a long way to go in terms of normalizing and accepting the non-binary. I hope through my work I will shift paradigms and inspire change."

Sama has exhibited in shows in South Africa, Belgium, and Portugal as well as three solo exhibitions in 2022 at Gordon Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel; Guns & Rain in Johannesburg; and at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg. His works are included in local and international collections such as Amawal (Spain), ARAK (Qatar), and Africa First.

Biography courtesy of Africa First.


Guns & Rain, Johannesburg, 2020. 

Africa First, 2023.

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