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 70 350
Lot 38
  • Kudzanai Chiurai; Do it Yourself, Popular Mechanics I
  • Kudzanai Chiurai; Do it Yourself, Popular Mechanics I
  • Kudzanai Chiurai; Do it Yourself, Popular Mechanics I

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 70 350

About this Item

Zimbabwean 1981-
Do it Yourself, Popular Mechanics I

signed, numbered 1/10, inscribed with the title in pencil, and embossed with the Artist's Proof Studio chop mark in the margin

linocut on paper
image size: 198,5 by 98,5cm; sheet size: 215 by 109cm; 218 by 111 by 7cm including frame


Internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary Zimbabwean artist and activist, Kudzanai Chiurai studied Fine Art at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and now lives and works in Harare. His work deals with the political, economic, and social conditions of contemporary life, as well as masculinity, violence, displacement, and postcolonialism. Chiurai’s solo exhibitions include Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation (Goodman Gallery project space, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, 2010); The Harvest of Thorns (The Assylem Atelje, Johannesburg, 2012); and Front Page (Mallorca Landings, Spain, 2013). He was the winner of the second FNB Art Prize in 2012, and has participated in many group shows including Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2011; This is not Africa, This is Us, Part I, at the Kunsthal Rotterdam in 2014; and Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2017. Chiurai’s ‘Conflict Resolution’ series was exhibited at documenta (13) in 2012 in Kassel and his short film, Iyeza, was selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the USA.

His work is featured in public and private collections in South Africa and internationally, including the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA; the Artur Walther Collection, Germany; and the Pigozzi Collection, Italy.


Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, 2010.

Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, 2010.

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