Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 18:00

The Present Future: A Private Collection of African & International Contemporary Art (Live Auction)

Lot 36
Lot 36 - Micha  Serraf (Zimbabwe  1994-)


Micha Serraf (Zimbabwe 1994-)
My Mother Calls Me Brother

digital print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta

Artwork date: 2021
Exhibited: OPEN 24 HRS, Cape Town, 'Micha Serraf: Chipoko', 22 September to 16 October 2021.

Estimated at R25,000 - R40,000

Condition Report

The condition is mint.

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digital print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta

Artwork date: 2021
Exhibited: OPEN 24 HRS, Cape Town, 'Micha Serraf: Chipoko', 22 September to 16 October 2021.


62 x 100 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

Acquired directly from the artist.


“I was born in Zimbabwe where my mother and her mother’s mother’s mothers were born. My family and I left for the border of South Africa at 4 o’clock in the morning when I was almost 10 years old. These alien landscapes are still foreign to me. Yet I am the alien here. I struggle to feel safe or impart meaning on them.

Chipoko [the title of the exhibition on which this work was shown] is the Shona word for the soul, breath or ghost of a person or a spirit. These photographs are the visual navigation of an unknown and unplaced feeling of a deep nostalgia. An attempt to reach out to my ancestry for guidance and belonging. Each sculpture, a totem. Each landscape, different. Strong, tall, dark. A visit from my mothers.”[1]

[1] Serraf, M. (2022). Chipoko. Retrieved from

Micha Serraf is an award-winning artist and photographer, having won various local and international awards such as the Ritzau Art Prize with ISCP & 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in 2021, the International Pride Photo Award for Best Single Image in 2020. He was also a finalist for the Africa Photo Awards for portraiture in that same year. Serraf’s works have also been featured in a various notable publications like Vogue Ghana and Italia, the British Journal of Photography and was published in the South African National Life Orientation Curriculum alongside South African artist Zanele Muholi.

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