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 93 800
Lot 18
  • Helen Teede; Rhetoric of Origins
  • Helen Teede; Rhetoric of Origins

Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 93 800

About this Item

Zimbabwean 1989-
Rhetoric of Origins

signed and dated 17 on the reverse; accompanied by a First Floor Gallery Harare certificate of authenticity signed, dated 2017, and inscribed with the title and medium

rain and oil on canvas
159 by 186 by 4cm, unframed


Helen Teede was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, and she currently lives and works between Harare and Venice, Italy. Her research and art practice are influenced by the relationship between power and writing and the historical trajectory therein. Her work is an exploration of the ways in which the earth's surface can be ‘read’, and how we determine our position as a species that marks the world in impactful ways. She is also interested in the role of place as it relates to her current situation of living between Africa and Europe and the different influences on her creative practices.

Teede received her Master’s in Visual Art at IUAV University of Venice, Italy in 2020 after achieving a BA in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Michaelis School of Fine Art (2012) and a BA Honours in English at UCT. In 2018, she received a two-month Africa First residency in Tel Aviv, Israel. Teede has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 2008 including in Zimbabwe; South Africa; the UAE; Italy; France; Israel; Belgium; the USA; China; Switzerland; and Denmark.


First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe, 2017.

Africa First, 2023.


Also Known As Africa Fair (AKAA), France, First Floor Gallery Harare, 10 November to 12 November 2017.

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