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 64 488
Lot 36
  • Pierre-Christophe Gam; Blue, Affogbolo series
  • Pierre-Christophe Gam; Blue, Affogbolo series
  • Pierre-Christophe Gam; Blue, Affogbolo series


Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 64 488

About this Item

Cameroonian/Chadian/French 1983-
Blue, Affogbolo series
2015

edition 6/10

giclée print on Hahnemühle pearl paper
100 by 73,5cm excluding frame; 106 by 80 by 5cm including frame

Notes

Produced through digital manipulated photographic collages, a fictitious young African couple who are the subjects of Gams seductive and compelling compositions. The visual appeal of the Affogbolos recalls Italian Renaissance portraiture, mixed and contrasted with cultural references that Pierre-Christophe Gam utilizes to bring our awareness to the cultural dynamics of the contemporary African young elite; “The Affogbolos are emblematic of a new generation of global citizen of African origin, locally rooted in their tradition and culture but with at the same time a distinctive global outlook”1. The work is a question of power, influence and the African Renaissance.2

1. https://www.50golborneart.com/past-exhibitions, accessed 26 January 2023.

2. https://africanah.org/pierre-christophe-gam/, accessed 15 November 2022.

Born in Paris to a Cameroonian father and Chadian mother, Pierre-Christophe Gam trained as an architect at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and at Central St. Martins School in London. He specialised in art direction for luxury brands including Maison Margiela, Kenzo, and Cartier. Influenced by his multi-cultural upbringing, in 2013 he founded Afro-Polis. The aim of this cultural, educational, and philanthropic platform is to promote emerging and established artists from Africa, primarily through exhibitions and events in Paris and London. His own artistic production focuses on digitally manipulated photographic collages where he explores the relationship between post-colonial modernist thinking and current economic and social change on the African continent. Gam has exhibited extensively in Europe and in Africa, including at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Lagos Photo Festival, and the Addis Foto Fest.

Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the current owner, 2016.

Exhibited

50 Golborne, London, African Renaissance, 11 February to 29 March 2015, another example from the edition exhibited.

Literature

‘Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art: Pierre-Christophe Gam’ (16 February 2016) in Aficanah.org, https://africanah.org/pierre-christophe-gam/, accessed on 28 July 2022.

Pierre-Christophe Gam on the African Renaissance Collector, published by Art Africa, December - February 2017. Another example from the edition Illustrated in colour on page 65.

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