Thu, 5th Nov 2020 19:00

Aspire X PLP | African Photography Auction 2020

Lot 63
Lot 63 - Jabulani Dhlamini (South Africa 1983-)


± Jabulani Dhlamini (South Africa 1983-)
Sharpeville Maleho, Putswastena (from the Recaptured series), diptych

archival pigment inks on Innova Fiba Matt

Artwork date: 2015
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist
Edition: number 1 from an edition of 7

Sold for R17,588
Estimated at R15,000 - R20,000

Condition Report

The condition is mint.

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archival pigment inks on Innova Fiba Matt

Artwork date: 2015
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist
Edition: number 1 from an edition of 7


image size: 29.5 x 29.5 cm each, framed size: 36 x 36.5 x 3.5 cm each


In Recaptured, Jabulani Dhlamini explores the results of his engagement, since 2008, with the residents of Sharpeville, reflecting on the massacre that took place there on 21 March 1960 as a turning point in South African history. On that day, without warning, South African police shot into a crowd of about 5000 unarmed anti-pass protesters at Sharpeville, an African township of Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg. The massacre took the lives of at least 69 people – many of them shot in the back – and wounding more than 200 people. Dhlamini’s Recaptured series is created with an aim to reflect the individuality of eyewitnesses, and the survivors of the Sharpeville massacre, as they engage with the memories evoked by space and objects. It also a"ords them an opportunity to narrate their own story and experience. The series recaptures this dark day in a way that to date has been somewhat overlooked – through the intimacy of personal encounter and the objects that are emblematic of this. Although there is a memorial site, there is yet to be a museum dedicated to the memory of those who were shot dead, or survived, traumatised by the experience of being violently attacked for demanding basic human rights. The documentaries that have focused on the subject often side-line personal engagement in favour of cold historical record. In an attempt to process the massacre for himself, Dhlamini has not only photographed places and objects of trauma – for example the back of the shop where people hid during the attacks or a pillow case concealing incriminating documents that formed part of the struggle against the apartheid state – but he also set up a makeshift studio in Sharpeville where he invited people to bring objects they associate with the day of the massacre.

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Auction: Aspire X PLP | African Photography Auction 2020, Thu, 5th Nov 2020

A collection of pan-African works, straddling the terrain between historical and contemporary photography, were auctioned to support the digitisation of African photographic legacies by the Photography Legacy Project (PLP). Bidders participated from across Europe, the USA and UK, Asia, Australia and Africa – a testament to Aspire’s increasing global reach and collectors’ enthusiasm for African photography.

The auction included photographic luminaries such as David Goldblatt, Alf Kumalo, G.R. Naidoo, Ranjith Kally and Ian Berry, as well as more contemporary internationally acclaimed photographers like Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Syowia Kyambi and Mikhael Subotzky. The lead lot, a portfolio of 12 silver gelatin prints from the legendary photographer Ernest Cole’s seminal 1967 book House of Bondage sold for an astounding R569,000 – a new world auction record.



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