Hermione Waterfield joined Christie's auction house in 1961 and created the dedicated 'Tribal Art' department in 1975. Read how Hermione came to create the ‘Tribal Art’ department and her thoughts on the evolving market.
"When we eventually had the means, we were so eager to make the connection between our upbringing and an art collection, especially photography. From that first piece in Gabon, to where we are today, I’d say that we have a very eclectic collection from artists from around the world yet with a focus on photography from the African Diaspora."
Mother and child imagery is prevalent on the African continent. Maternity images are used by everyone, from commoners to diviners, priests to kings—varied objects used in everyday and ritual life. Learn more about portrayals of mothers and their children in this preview of 'Maternity: Mothers and Children in the Arts of Africa'.
Born in Benin, growing up in Cameroon, and now working between Paris, Brussels and Cotonou, Dimitri Fagbohoun's work questions what it is to be 'African'. Fagbohoun reflects on his background and history, straddling geographical and artistic boundaries. Learn how Dimitri interprets classic works of African art.