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b. 1941, United Kingdom

Sue Williamson Biography

Sue Williamson (b. Lichfield, UK, 1941) emigrated with her family to South Africa in 1948. Trained as a printmaker, Williamson also works in installation, photography and video. In the 1970s, she started to make work which addressed social change during apartheid and by the 1980s Williamson was well known for her series of portraits of women involved in the country’s political struggle. A Few South Africans is one such a series where she celebrates women who had played roles in the fight for freedom.

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Referring to her practice, Williamson states: 'You become aware of the audience to whom you speak. In that sense, you think backwards: what you have to say, whom you say it to, and how it will reach the audience. Having to consider your work through the eyes of somebody who knows nothing about you as an artist and what you are doing is a useful exercise.' Williamson has managed to avoid the rut of being caught in an apartheid-era aesthetic, 'I am never particularly interested in doing what I did the last time. I take one thing and work it out a number of ways.'

Williamson has received various awards and fellowships such as the Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship 2011, Italy, Rockefeller Foundation, the Visual Artist Research Award Fellowship 2007, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA and the Lucas Artists Residency Fellowship 2005, Montalvo Art Center, California, USA. Her works feature in numerous public collections across the globe, including those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, Tate Modern, London, UK, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA, Wifredo Lam Centre, Havana, Cuba, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, and Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.

2018 saw Williamson become Goodman Gallery’s featured artist at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, where she exhibited her work Messages from the Atlantic Passage, a large-scale installation of shackled, suspended glass bottles engraved with profiles of 19th-century victims of slavery.

Sue Williamson lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Truth Games: Mrs Jansen – can never forgive – Afrika Hlapo by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue Williamson Truth Games: Mrs Jansen – can never forgive – Afrika Hlapo, 1998 Laminated colour laser print, wood, metal, plastic
84 x 121 x 6 cm
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District Six: Museum Case # 9, Nile Street, 1993 and 2023 by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue Williamson District Six: Museum Case # 9, Nile Street, 1993 and 2023, 2023 Found objects in casting and polyurethane resin in wood and perspex case.
42.9 x 103 x 12 cm
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Truth Games: Melanie Magmoed – brother shot – Dolf Vermeulen by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue Williamson Truth Games: Melanie Magmoed – brother shot – Dolf Vermeulen, 1998 Laminated colour laser print, wood, metal, plastic
84 x 121 x 6 cm
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Postcards from Africa: Village in the forests of Majumbe, Congo by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork works on paper
Sue Williamson Postcards from Africa: Village in the forests of Majumbe, Congo, 2020–2021 Ink on Yupo synthetic archival paper, museum glass
70 x 100 cm
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Postcards from Africa: Man climbing palm by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork works on paper
Sue Williamson Postcards from Africa: Man climbing palm, 2021 Ink on Hahnemuhle archival paper, museum glass
64 x 49 cm
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Postcards from Africa: Head loading cacao by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork works on paper
Sue Williamson Postcards from Africa: Head loading cacao, 2021 Ink on Hahnemuhle archival paper and museum glass
50 x 63 cm
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Postcards from Africa: Woman carrying wood, Cameroon by Sue Williamson contemporary artwork works on paper
Sue Williamson Postcards from Africa: Woman carrying wood, Cameroon, 2021 Ink on Hahnemuhle archival paper, museum glass
50 x 63 cm
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