30th Nov, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

Lot 4
Lot 4 - Zanele Muholi (South Africa 1972-)


Zanele Muholi (South Africa 1972-)
Thuthuka I, San Francisco, 2022

giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper

Artwork date: 2022
Edition: Edition of 8 + 2 APs

Sold for R477,960
Estimated at R500,000 - R600,000


giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper

Artwork date: 2022
Edition: Edition of 8 + 2 APs


sheet size: 90 x 60 cm


Muholi Art Institute, Cape Town.


Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Artist.

These two striking and captivating portraits form part of Zanele Muholi’s most recent additions to their ongoing Somnyama Ngonyama series in which the artist, as a visual activist, uses their own body to address critical politics of race, representation, gendered identities and human rights in relation to the Black body – through photography.

In these powerful, highly stylised black-and-white self-portraits, Muholi (playfully) employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate discourses of contemporary identity politics.

Here, found and ‘everyday’ objects are dramatically transformed into social symbolic props, merging the political with the personal and aesthetics with history. Muholi does not only comment on specific events or issues in South Africa’s present and past, but also current urgent global concerns.

In November 2022, the International Centre For Photography’s 11th Spotlights honoured Zanele Muholi in New York. Founded in 2012, the ICP Spotlights has spent ten years celebrating the immense talent of women image-makers influencing the world of photography and visual culture and how they create space for gender diversity in photography.


A large-scale mid-career retrospective of the artist’s extensive career was presented by the Tate Modern, London in 2020/21. Thereafter the exhibition travelled to the Gropius Bau in Berlin and Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Muholi was recently featured in The Story of Art as it’s Still Being Written at Victoria Miro in London. Curated by Katy Hessel, the exhibition coincides with her book The Story of Art without Men, aiming to 'overthrow the canon' and 'place women firmly at the centre of the story’.


The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art, Baltimore; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London and Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 30th Nov, 2022


The focused sale brings to market 84 highly collectable lots, with the diverse collection showcasing highlights by modern masters including magnificent still-life compositions and a Zanzibari boat scene by Irma Stern, an Alexis Preller abstract and an early JH Pierneef landscape. Also included is a significant collection of celebrated contemporary artists: Mustafa Maluka, David Koloane, Walter Oltmann, Norman Catherine, Willem Boshoff, a rare self-portrait oil by Robert Hodgins as well as a large bronze sculpture by Zanele Muholi, the first of this new body of work to be offered on auction.
The sale features a special selection of artworks by William Kentridge. One of the most celebrated and influential living artists today, his major retrospective exhibition is currently on show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This is one of the most unique and high-quality Kentridge collections to come to market. Spanning his career and showcasing the many mediums in which he works, the sale features signature charcoal drawings alongside collages, tapestry, prints and sculptures.

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