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.


  • Ibrahim Ahmed; quickly but carefully cross to the other side # 26, I never revealed myself to them series
  • Ibrahim Ahmed; quickly but carefully cross to the other side # 26, I never revealed myself to them series
  • Ibrahim Ahmed; quickly but carefully cross to the other side # 26, I never revealed myself to them series


Lot Estimate
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
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Location
Cape Town
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About this Item

Egyptian 1984-
quickly but carefully cross to the other side # 26, I never revealed myself to them series
2022
unique photocollage on paper
sheet size: 55,5 by 60cm; 59 by 63,5cm excluding frame; 57,5 by 61,5 by 3cm including frame

Notes

Ahmed's use of personal family photographs in his collages from the series Quickly but carefully cross to the other side are an intimate exploration of family photography and complex themes found therein taken by the artist's father over a fifty year span. Ahmed's use of the images reproduced from the originals as collage works woven from thousands of original images reference his father's passing down of ideas and notions of manhood as inherited by society from the nation state. The artist's inheritance of such complex ideas imposed from external sources are explored in these works in attempts to find individual space and understanding to rid himself of such imposed values.

Born in Kuwait in 1984, Ibrahim Ahmed’s childhood was spent between Bahrain and Egypt. At thirteen, he moved to the USA and lived there until 2014 when he relocated to Cairo, where he currently lives and works. Ahmed is a multidisciplinary artist who works in textile, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and installation to explore issues of colonisation, migration, power and authority, culture, and identity.

Ahmed received his BA in English Literature from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, USA. He has held numerous solo exhibitions including it will always come back to you at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA (2022); I never revealed myself to them at Tintera Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (2022); and Does Anybody Leave Heaven? at Primary, Nottingham, UK (2019). His work has also been included in many group exhibitions, including at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK (2019, 2018); 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2019); 13th Biennale de Dakar, Senegal (2018). Ahmed’s work forms part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale, Australia; Newark Public Library Special Collection, NJ, USA; Hudson County Community College Foundation Art Collection, NJ, USA; and The Printmaking Center of New Jersey Collection, NJ, USA.

Provenance

Tintera Photographic Consultancy, Cairo, 2023.

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