Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011

About

Sue Williamson has been a key figure on the South African art scene since the early 1980s when she produced A Few South Africans, a groundbreaking series of portrait prints featuring women in the struggle against apartheid.
 
Voices, which opens at the Goodman Cape on February 19, is Williamson’s first solo exhibition in Cape Town in a number of years. Important selected work from the past three decades will be shown alongside her latest two series – Other Voices, Other Cities, an international series of projects documented in photographs, and The Diaries of Lady Anne B.  Also on view will be Last Supper at Manley Villa, a portfolio of black and white photographs taken in the home of one family in the final days of District Six in 1981.

The theme running through all of these rather different works is that of personal history, and in many cases, the exact words people use to express themselves and to describe their situations.

Williamson’s work has always been about addressing social issues and mediating contemporary history through the people who are living through it. After the end of apartheid she addressed the stories that came to light during the hearings at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and subsequently addressed the HIV/AIDS pandemic in a moving series entitled From the Inside.

Extending her attention beyond South Africa, Williamson’s Other Voices, Other Cities examines what it means, in this age of globalization, to live in a particular place. Why do the residents of a city choose to live there, and if there were one message that would express the essence of that city, what would it be?

Williamson approaches the project by gathering together a group of young artists and others and asking them to workshop this question. At the end of the workshop the participants vote on the most popular statement. This statement is then made up in large cardboard letters, and the participants pose in the city, holding up the letters to spell out their message. On almost every occasion, there have been difficulties with local authorities in getting the photographs taken.

At a time when so much of the world is grappling with accelerated globalization, the dialogue created by the residents of the different cities is engaging and revealing. The cities featured in the series so far are Havana, Harare, Johannesburg, London, Bern and Berlin. Other cities like Beirut, Beijing and New York are in the planning.

Last year, Williamson undertook a large-scale commission at Cape Town International Airport on a 30-metre glass wall, producing a work entitled A Random History of Cape Town, 1499 – 1994. Research for this project led her to the diaries of Lady Anne Barnard, wife of the British Colonial Secretary of the Cape Colony. From 1797 to 1800 Lady Anne wrote freely and openly of daily life in Cape Town, bearing witness to the treatment of the ‘Hottentots’, the intrigues, the babies of suspicious parentage, the fears of a slave revolt, the floggings, the fleas, the food … the complex picture she paints of early colonialism throws light on later history.

In The Diaries of Lady Anne B, Williamson draws on Lady Anne’s writings and sketches to present a series of monotypes. With this work, Williamson, who trained as a printmaker, returns to the mark of the hand.

Williamson’s work forms part of almost every museum collection in South Africa and is also included in many international art institutions and private collections. She was recently honoured with the Rockefeller Foundation Creative Arts Fellowship for 2011, and will take up her three-month residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy.

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Bergie)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Bergie), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Children)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Children), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Couch)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Couch), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Demolished)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Demolished), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Friend)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Friend), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Girl)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Girl), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Naz)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Naz), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Naz Head)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Naz Head), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Naz House)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Naz House), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Truth)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Truth), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Hill)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Hill), 2008

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Eviction Notice)

    Sue Williamson

    The Last Supper, Manley Villa (Eviction Notice), 1981

    Archival print on cotton rag

    50 x 67.5 cm

    Edition of 20

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XIV ('Mrs Baumgart showed her usual restless anxiety to have the General place himself next to her')

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XIV ('Mrs Baumgart showed her usual restless anxiety to have the General place himself next to her'), 2011

    Monot...

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XIII (Henry Dundas)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XIII (Henry Dundas), 2010

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXII ('a dreadful quantity of fleas)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXII ('a dreadful quantity of fleas), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XIX ('as usual, a deluge')

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XIX ('as usual, a deluge'), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm

  • Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XVII ("A baby with a broken back - and 'very swarthy'"), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B V (A hard punishment for the mutineers)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B V (A hard punishment for the mutineers), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XVIII ('the lofty mountain rises perpendicular behind us')

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XVIII ('the lofty mountain rises perpendicular behind us'), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XX (The sinking of HMS Sceptre)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XX (The sinking of HMS Sceptre), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B IX ('Hyenas are after my poor chickens')

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B IX ('Hyenas are after my poor chickens'), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XVI (A baby)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XVI (A baby), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXIII (Lord Mornington's ghost)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXIII (Lord Mornington's ghost), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B X (Lord Mornington)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B X (Lord Mornington), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXIV (Col. James Crawfurd: after a study by Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXIV (Col. James Crawfurd: after a study by Lady Anne), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B VII ('a slave and a monkey': after a study by Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B VII ('a slave and a monkey': after a study by Lady Anne), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B VI (for a sixpence a week Rolmans great baboon defleas our dogs)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B VI (for a sixpence a week Rolmans great baboon defleas our dogs), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B III ('A Hottentot girl': after a study by Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B III ('A Hottentot girl': after a study by Lady Anne), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXI (The ostrich feather hat)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XXI (The ostrich feather hat), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B VIII (Our dog establishment: after a study by Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B VIII (Our dog establishment: after a study by Lady Anne), 2010

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XII ('Carrying ostrich feathers to market': after a study by Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XII ('Carrying ostrich feathers to market': after a study by Lady Anne), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)...

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XI ('A couple of slave girls': after a study by Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XI ('A couple of slave girls': after a study by Lady Anne), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B I (Lady Anne)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B I (Lady Anne), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B II (Three months on the water)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B II (Three months on the water), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B XV (Andrew Barnard)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B XV (Andrew Barnard), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • The Diaries of Lady Anne B IV (... 'he hanged up criminals in a superior style)

    Sue Williamson

    The Diaries of Lady Anne B IV (... 'he hanged up criminals in a superior style), 2011

    Monotype

    38 x 33 cm (paper)

  • Other Voices: Before the revolution we felt like dogs (Refused Proposal), Cojimar, Cuba. (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: Before the revolution we felt like dogs (Refused Proposal), Cojimar, Cuba. (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archival inks on Hanem...

  • Other Voices: My Son Left (Approved Proposal), Cojimar, Cuba.  (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: My Son Left (Approved Proposal), Cojimar, Cuba. (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle paper

    60 x 90...

  • Other Voices: We don't see CNN (Approved proposal), Cojimar, Cuba.  (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: We don't see CNN (Approved proposal), Cojimar, Cuba. (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle paper

    60...

  • Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (Refused Proposal), Hotel Campoamor, Cojimor, Cuba.  (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (Refused Proposal), Hotel Campoamor, Cojimor, Cuba. (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archival in...

  • Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (Refused Location), Fortaleza de la Cabana Havana, Cuba.  (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (Refused Location), Fortaleza de la Cabana Havana, Cuba. (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archiv...

  • Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (Authorised Location), Film set, Havana, Cuba

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (Authorised Location), Film set, Havana, Cuba, 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle paper

  • A Few South Africans: Virginia Mngoma

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Virginia Mngoma, 1984

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    70 x 64 cm

    Edition of 35

    Gifted

  • A Few South Africans: Maggie Magaba

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Maggie Magaba, 1983

    Photo etching/ screenprint collage

    Image: 40.5 x 84 cm / Paper: 55 x 95 cm

    Edition ...

  • A Few South Africans: Winnie Mandela

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Winnie Mandela, 1983

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    Image: 70 x 52.5 cm / Paper: 74 x 55 cm

    Edition ...

  • A Few South Africans: Jenny Curtis Schoon

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Jenny Curtis Schoon, 1985

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    Image: 69 x 63 cm / Paper: 88 x 68 cm

    Edit...

  • A Few South Africans: Helen Joseph

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Helen Joseph, 1983

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    70 x 64 cm

    Edition of 20

    Sold

  • A Few South Africans: Nokukanya Lutuli

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Nokukanya Lutuli, 1983

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    Image: 69.5 x 52 cm / Paper: 88 x 68 cm

    Editi...

  • A Few South Africans: Amina Cachalia

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Amina Cachalia, 1984

    Photo etching/screenprint collage / photoetching/screenprint collage

    70 x 64cm / image: 7...

  • A Few South Africans: Charlotte Maxeke

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Charlotte Maxeke, 1984

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    Image: 46 x 86 cm / Paper: 56 x 96 cm

    Edition ...

  • A Few South Africans: Elizabeth Paul

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Elizabeth Paul, 1983

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    Image: 41 x 84 cm / Paper: 55 x 94 cm

    Edition of...

  • A Few South Africans: Annie Silinga

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Annie Silinga, 1983

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    Image: 70 x 52 cm / Paper: 88 x 68 cm

    Edition of ...

  • A Few South Africans: Case No. 6831/21

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Case No. 6831/21, 1984

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    70 x 64 cm

    Edition of 35

    Sold

  • A Few South Africans: Miriam Makeba

    Sue Williamson

    A Few South Africans: Miriam Makeba, 1987

    Photo etching/screenprint collage

    70 x 64 cm

    Edition of 35

    Sold

  • Other Voices: It's a bit suspicious if you have too much money, Berlin. (photo: Abrie Fourie)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: It's a bit suspicious if you have too much money, Berlin. (photo: Abrie Fourie), 2010

    Archival ink on Hahnemuhle

    100 x...

  • Other Voices: Who is Johannes? Johannesburg, South Africa (photo: John Hodgkiss)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: Who is Johannes? Johannesburg, South Africa (photo: John Hodgkiss), 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle paper

    100 x 495 c...

  • Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (El bloqueo esta tambien en la mente), Havana, Cuba

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: The blockade is also in the mind (El bloqueo esta tambien en la mente), Havana, Cuba, 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemule paper

  • Other Voices: For whom has the sun risen II? Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: For whom has the sun risen II? Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle paper

    100...

  • Other Voices: For whom has the sun risen? Harare, Zimbabwe. (photo: Husain Essop)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: For whom has the sun risen? Harare, Zimbabwe. (photo: Husain Essop), 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle

    100 x 804 cm

    ...
  • Other Voices: Even nothing works, Bern, Switzerland (photo: Rudolf Steiner)

    Sue Williamson

    Other Voices: Even nothing works, Bern, Switzerland (photo: Rudolf Steiner), 2009

    Archival inks on Hahnemuhle paper

    100 x 590 cm

    ...
  • From the Inside: Busi (portrait: the artist, wall: Adam Welz)

    Sue Williamson

    From the Inside: Busi (portrait: the artist, wall: Adam Welz), 2000

    Dibond print

    90 x 200 cm

    Edition of 3

  • From the Inside: Benjy (portrait: the artist, wall: Dave Southwood)

    Sue Williamson

    From the Inside: Benjy (portrait: the artist, wall: Dave Southwood), 2000

    Dibond print

    90 x 200 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Truth Games: Winnie Mandela and the assassination of Dr Asvat

    Sue Williamson

    Truth Games: Winnie Mandela and the assassination of Dr Asvat, 1999

    Lithograph with printed and collaged gel papers

    55.5cm x 187cm

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  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011]