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  • Provenance

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kudzanai Chiurai‘s multimedia work explores the personal, psychological and social impact of the power structures in place in his native Zimbabwe, as well as the larger region of Southern Africa. Part of his State of the Nation series, Revelations V is an elaborately staged photograph that directly confronts interconnected themes of violence and liberation, as told through a fictionalized depiction of a constructed African state. The title is in reference to the Book of Revelation and its imagining of a future civilization that is only achieved through struggle and persecution. By casting a female in powerful central roles throughout his work, Chiurai upends colonial gender stereotypes, thus highlighting his rebellious nature as both an artist and activist.

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Revelations V from State of the Nation

2011
Archival pigment print.
39 1/2 x 58 7/8 in. (100.3 x 149.5 cm)
Signed and numbered 6/10 in pencil in the margin.

Estimate
$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $6,930

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairman, Americas

 

Photographs

New York Auction 8 April 2021