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Lot 32

South African 1945-
Hand, from the Steve Biko series
mixed media on paper
54.5 by 45cm excluding frame; 79 by 59 by 2cm including frame

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Estimate R 15 000 - 20 000


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Stopforth is especially noted for an important series of drawings based on the death of the Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko. The drawings remain an enduring testimony to the overt and covert legacies of apartheid-era interrogation and torture, and to the innumerable deaths in detention and through assassination that so characterized the Apartheid regime.1

All the drawings are done in a mixture of graphite and acrylic. Stopforth describes them as "an attempt to place [the series] in the context of Western art history - a South African 'saint', martyr and hero." 

1 http://www.schoolhouseprovincetown.com/stopforth/stopforth.html

2 http://library.thinkquest.org/18799/time6.html



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