19th Jun, 2024 19:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 49
Lot 49 - Tamary  Kudita (Zimbabwe  1994-)


Tamary Kudita (Zimbabwe 1994-)
Hair Tales (from the Birds of Paradise series)

Epsom Ultrachrome non-fugitive inks on archival fiber based on baryta finished rag 270gsm

Artwork date: 2022
Signature details: signed bottom right
Edition: 2 from an edition of 20 + 2 APs

Estimated at R60,000 - R80,000


Epsom Ultrachrome non-fugitive inks on archival fiber based on baryta finished rag 270gsm

Artwork date: 2022
Signature details: signed bottom right
Edition: 2 from an edition of 20 + 2 APs


sheet size: 119 x 88.5 cm; image size: 116 x 85.5 cm; framed size: 119 x 88.5 x 3.5 cm


Private collection, Johannesburg.


Tamary Kudita, a Zimbabwean artist with a heritage linked to the former Orange Free State, explores themes of cultural duality, African identity and trans generational memory through photography. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (2017), her artistic journey delves into the legacies of colonialism on family structures.

Hair Tales forms part of the series titled Birds of a Paradise where Tamary Kudita celebrates the beauty and cultural significance of black hair. Through afro combs and old Zimbabwean coins, she weaves a narrative that challenges power dynamics and explores hair as currency. Discussing the work, the artist states:

The image examines the beauty of black hair and how it’s gone under significant changes in order to arrive at this point where we celebrate it in all its glory. The afro combs speak to the significance of how parts of our heritage have been shaped by hair. I created a backdrop which incorporates the Zimbabwean bird motif which is culturally significant. The use of the old Zimbabwean coins were intentionally used to unpick an in-visible system which creates social structures of inequities and a subversion in power dynamics. Furthermore, I implore the idea of hair as a currency which has shaped many of our contemporary realities. [1]

[1] Email from the artist to Sarah Sinisi, 15 May 2024.


  • Institutional solo exhibitions, include Maintaining Memories (Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town) and African Victorian (National Galleries of Harare and Bulawayo).
  • Kudita is the first African to win the Open Photographer of the Year Award (Sony World Photography Awards, 2021).
  • Other awards and accolades include the J.M.D Manyika Fellow awarded by Harvard University in 2023; Art Takes 2021 Runner Up Prize; Voices of African Women Journal’s Most Inspiring Art Piece Award (2020) and being included in the CAP Prize shortlist (2021).
  • The artwork is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity digitally signed by the artist.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 19th Jun, 2024




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