19th Century, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 28 June 2022

19th Century, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art Part I
About the Session

Strauss & Co's latest live virtual sale takes place on Tuesday 28 June 2022 and includes three sessions of fine art, including a session devoted entirely to Abstract Art created in South Africa. The 308 lots available to browse, bid and buy in these curated sessions include prints, works on paper, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and books.

The first session offers Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art with a focus on Prints and Multiples, Works on Paper, Sculpture and Ceramics (lots 1 - 88).

  • Bekezela Mabena; God has a Dream
  • Bekezela Mabena; God has a Dream

Lot Estimate
ZAR 2 000 - 3 000

About this Item

South African 1996-
God has a Dream

signed, dated 21, numbered 4/5, and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin

screenprint and watercolour on paper
image size: 29 by 28,5cm; sheet size: 40,5 by 32cm, unframed


'My artwork is inspired by Archbishop Desmund Tutu’s persistent fight for the people to have the right to vote and own their identities. Like many people living in South Africa, I have been battling to get my Identity Document as a South African citizen. Many people in this country share identity numbers and in a way our identities are reduced to a sequence of numbers. Without a number who are we?' –Bekezela Mabena

Bekezela Mabena is a South African-based visual artist, born in 1996. He lived in Zimbabwe for a number of years and returned to South Africa in 2008. Mabena studied at the Jiyana Secondary School in Tembisa where he matriculated and received the Matric 2017 Visual Art Award. He completed his third year of study at Artist Proof Studio in 2020 and is currently enrolled in the Senior Graduate Programme.

Proceeds from the sale of this lot will go to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

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