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  • Provenance

    Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Critics in Kinshasa have never accepted the phrases in my paintings, they think of painting in a more western manner. Yet the truth, in my paintings, is almost always expressed in the sentences inserted in the paintings. Often they contradict the scene represented…for example, for a person from Zaire, nudity is scandalous: I paint it, I make it visible, and then, with a phrase, I find a way of saying ‘don’t look’. I like these paradoxes.
    -Chéri Samba

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO/FRANCE

17

The Used Condoms (Les Capotes Utilisées)

1990
Acrylic on canvas.
52 1/4 x 79 3/8 in. (132.7 x 201.6 cm).
Signed and dated "Chéri Samba Zaire Avril 1990" lower right.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

AFRICA Theme Sale

15 May 2010
New York