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 211 050
Lot 93
  • Athi-Patra Ruga; The Future White Woman of Azania II
  • Athi-Patra Ruga; The Future White Woman of Azania II
  • Athi-Patra Ruga; The Future White Woman of Azania II


Lot Estimate
ZAR 180 000 - 240 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 211 050

About this Item

South African 1984-
The Future White Woman of Azania II
2012

accompanied by a WHATIFTHEWORLD certificate of authenticity signed, dated '30/06/2015', inscribed with the title and medium

archival ink-jet print on Hahnemuhle paper
image size: 119,5 by 79,5cm; 143,5 by 103,5 by 6cm including frame

Notes

Athi-Patra Ruga is one of the few artists working in South Africa today whose work has adopted the trope of myth as a contemporary response to the post-Apartheid era. Ruga creates alternative identities and uses these avatars to parody and critique the existing political and social status quo. Ruga’s artistic approach of creating myths and alternate realities is in some way an attempt to view the traumas of the last 200 years of colonial history from a place of detachment – at a farsighted distance where wounds can be contemplated outside of personalized grief and subjective defensiveness.

The philosophical allure and allegorical value of utopia has been central to Ruga’s practice. His construction of a mythical universe populated by characters that he has created and depicted in his work has allowed Ruga to create an interesting space of self-reflexivity in which political, cultural, and social systems can be critiqued and parodied. Ruga has used his utopia as a lens to process the fraught history of a colonial past, to critique the present and propose a possible humanist vision for the future.

Provenance

WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, 2014.

Property of Collectors.

Exhibited

WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, The Future White Women of Azania Saga, Solo Exhibition, 27 November 2013 to 1 January 2014.

Literature

What if the World Gallery (2013) Athi-Patra Ruga: The Works 2006-2013, exhibition catalogue, Cape Town: What if the World Gallery, illustrated in colour on page 31.

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