14th Sep, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 67
 
Lot 67 - Mary Sibande (South Africa 1982-)

67

Mary Sibande (South Africa 1982-)
Caught in the Rapture

digital print on cotton rag

Artwork date: 2009
Signature details: signed, dated, numbered 7/10 and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin
Exhibited: The Albany History Museum, Grahamstown, Long Live the Dead Queen, 2009; Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, Long Live the Dead Queen, 9 July to 3 August 2010; Lagos Photofestival 2014, Lagos, Long Live the Dead Queen, 25 October to 26 November 2014
Literature: Sauer, L (ed). (2019), 'Cultural Threads', Tilburg: Textiel Museum, illustrated on the cover.; Willis, D., Whitley, Z. (2010). Long Live the Dead Queen: Gallery MOMO.

Sold for R341,400
Estimated at R180,000 - R240,000


Condition Report

The condition is excellent.

Not examined out of frame. Full report available on request.

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digital print on cotton rag

Artwork date: 2009
Signature details: signed, dated, numbered 7/10 and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin
Exhibited: The Albany History Museum, Grahamstown, Long Live the Dead Queen, 2009; Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, Long Live the Dead Queen, 9 July to 3 August 2010; Lagos Photofestival 2014, Lagos, Long Live the Dead Queen, 25 October to 26 November 2014
Literature: Sauer, L (ed). (2019), 'Cultural Threads', Tilburg: Textiel Museum, illustrated on the cover.; Willis, D., Whitley, Z. (2010). Long Live the Dead Queen: Gallery MOMO.

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image size: 82 x 54 cm; framed size: 103.5 x 76 x 2 cm

Provenance

Private collection, Cape Town.

Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg.

Notes:

In this powerful image, Mary Sibande references the Greek mythological tale of the mortal Arachne, the daughter of Idmon of Colophon in Lydia, who challenged Athena, goddess of war, wisdom and crafts to a weaving contest. Athena wove a tapestry depicting the gods in majesty, while Arachne showed their amorous adventures. Enraged by the perfection of her rival’s work, Athena destroyed it. In shame and despair Arachne hanged herself, but the goddess, in an act of solicitude, loosened the rope, which transformed into a cobweb and Archne herself was changed into a spider.

Here, Sibande’s alter-ego Sophie, is depicted wearing her signature extravagant vivid royal blue Victorian-like maid’s uniform, standing Arachne-like before a human size spider’s web. Motivated by her personal biography, Sibande mines her family history as a starting point for her work, explaining that Sophie acts as the protagonist in her dramatic visual narratives.

Confronting the contradictions that ‘her story’ represents, Sibande states: “I am looking at history. I want to distort it, to turn it upside down. I want to question it. I want to punch it. I want to love it […] The work borrows from history. And it borrows from my stories, from my being. And, of course, for me to look at me, I have to look back at my geography – who’s surrounding me and look at my race. Who am I: a black woman in South Africa post-apartheid.

Sophie is me. Sophie is the women in my family who were all maids, from my great-grandmother to my mother. And I felt the need to celebrate these women because they were limited as black bodies, as black female bodies.”[1]

Forming part of Sibande’s critically acclaimed Long Live the Dead Queen series, Caught in the Rapture sees Sophie, in a fervent gesture, emancipating herself from a ghoulish reality in which she feels captured. It serves as critique of stereotypical depictions and contextualisation of (disempowered) black women, of identity construction and power relations.

In 2021, the photograph was featured in Vogue Italia’s Reframing History /12 Chapters alongside other acclaimed, contemporary Black artists such as Trevor Stuurman and Campbell Addy.

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[1] Sauer, L (ed). (2019), Cultural Threads, Tilburg: TextielMuseum

Collections:

The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.; Pérez Art Museum, Miami and Johannesburg Art Gallery.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 14th Sep, 2022

 

Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction. Including 81 carefully selected lots the sale boasts impressive examples by many of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. A fine selection of William Kentridge works, including two original drawings, Eduardo Villa sculptures, painting by Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss and a wonderful early Penny Siopis drawing are on offer.

Also featured are two special sections – Black Modernism and Photography. Aspire has firmly cemented itself as a champion of both these collecting segments and collectors will be spoilt for choice with a rare drawing by Dumile Feni as well as works by other modernists including Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Lucas Sithole and photographs by David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng and Simphiwe Ndzube amongst others.

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