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Sue Williamson

Short Stories in a Longer Tale
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg  
20 July - 24 August 2024

 

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Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Short Stories in a Longer Tale, a solo show by Sue Williamson, marking thirty years since her first solo show at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg in 1994, an exhibition which won her the Vita Art Now Award for best exhibition in South Africa that year.

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Sue Williamson

Postcards from Africa: Bord de lagune, Côte d’Ivoire (detail), 2023

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Since then, Williamson has continued to exhibit all over the world, and last year had solo shows at The Box Museum in Plymouth, UK, titled Between Memory and Forgetting; at the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas, titled Other Voices, Other Cities and a two-person exhibition with Lebohang Kganye, at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, US, titled Tell Me What You Remember. A major retrospective of her five-decades long career will open at Iziko South African National Gallery on 19 February 2025, titled There’s something I must tell you: a retrospective.

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Postcards from Africa: A task of water, Dahomey (detail), 2023

Ink on Yupo synthetic archival paper and museum glass

Work: 27 x 37 cm (10.6 x 14.6 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Bords du Niger de Kolikoro (detail), 2023

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Work: 27 x 37 cm (10.6 x 14.6 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Five Cowrie Creek, Lagos (detail), 2023

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Work: 27 x 37 cm (10.6 x 14.6 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Man climbing palm (detail), 2023

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Postcards form Africa: Bord de lagune, Côte d’Ivoire (detail), 2023

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Work: 27 x 37 cm (10.6 x 14.6 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Fishermen with capitaines, 2022

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Frame: 51 x 64.5 x 3 cm (20.1 x 25.4 x 1.2 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Purchase of ivory in Brazzaville, Congo, 2021

Ink on Hahnemuhle archival paper, museum glass

Frame: 51 x 64.5 cm (20.1 x 25.4 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Cleaning fish, Goree, Senegal, 2021
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Frame: 50 x 63 cm (19.7 x 24.8 in.)
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Postcards from Africa: Cleaning fish, Goree, Senegal, 2021

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Postcards from Africa: Afrique Occidentale - Senegal - Saint Louis. Un Coin de Guet N’Dar, 2019
Ink on Yupo synthetic archival paper and hand engraved museum glass
Frame: 87 x 115 cm (34.3 x 45.3 in.)
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Postcards from Africa: Avenue of coconuts, Nigeria, 2018

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Frame: 87 x 115 cm (34.3 x 45.3 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Factory by the river. West Africa, 2021

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Frame: 87 x 114.5 cm (34.3 x 45.1 in.)

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Postcards from Africa: Village in the forests of Majumbe, Congo, 2020-2021

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Frame: 87 x 114.5 cm (34.3 x 45.1 in.)

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In Short Stories in a Longer Tale, Williamson sources news media and archival references to unpack six key moments in South and West Africa’s complex and layered history, using printmaking, photography, drawing, video, embroidery and installation in her incisive work. 

The Diaries of Lady Anne B delve into the personal papers of Lady Anne Barnard, wife of the first British Colonial Secretary to govern the Cape from 1797-9. A watercolourist of note herself, Lady Anne comments caustically on domestic matters: a hangman who does his job just outside her drawing room windows, a mutiny at sea, distinguished visitors to the Cape, thus giving a unique view of life at the time. For this series, Williamson collaged monoprints with calligraphic notes from the diaries to tell these lively anecdotes.

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: An inconvenient hanging order, 2010

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: An inconvenient hanging order, 2010

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: Wood gatherer, 2011

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: Wood gatherer, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Dogs helping themselves, 2011

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Dogs helping themselves, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Peggy, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Peggy, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington II, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington II, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: A baby occasions regrets, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: A baby occasions regrets, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Sickness on board The Hope, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Sickness on board The Hope, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: How glorious was the scene, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: How glorious was the scene, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: A hard punishment, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: A hard punishment, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: News of a birth, 2011

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: News of a birth, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: An inconvenient hanging order, 2010

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: An inconvenient hanging order, 2010

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: Wood gatherer, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: Wood gatherer, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Dogs helping themselves, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Dogs helping themselves, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Peggy, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Peggy, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington II, 2011

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Lord Mornington II, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: A baby occasions regrets, 2011

Monotype with hand writing collage on archival paper

Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B series: A baby occasions regrets, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Hyenas are after my poor chickens, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Sickness on board The Hope, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: Sickness on board The Hope, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: How glorious was the scene, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: How glorious was the scene, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: A hard punishment, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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Sue Williamson

The Diaries of Lady Anne B: A hard punishment, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: News of a birth, 2011

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Frame: 47.5 x 43 cm (18.7 x 16.9 in.)

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The Diaries of Lady Anne B: News of a birth, 2011

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In 1900-2, Britain once more tried to regain control over her old colony, sending 400 000 soldiers to quell the Boer republics. The embroideries in the Stories for Children series are based on the illustrations in My Anglo-Boereoorlog Storie-Inkleurboek, a colouring book bought in the gift shop at the Anglo-Boer War Museum (now referred to as the South African War) in Bloemfontein in the late 1980s. The pictures and text in the book attempt to explain the horrors of that war to a child. Echoing the pictures in the colouring book, the images are hand-embroidered in black cotton on to white organdie; a labour relating to the handmade toys made by the women in the British concentration camps. 

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Stories for Children: Page 8, Living in tents, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

Frame: 58.5 x 78 cm (23 x 30.7 in.)

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Stories for Children: Page 8, Living in tents, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 5, Boers defending their territory, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

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Stories for Children: Page 5, Boers defending their territory, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 6, The Burning of Farms, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 6, The Burning of Farms, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 2, The farmer and his family, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

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Stories for Children: Page 2, The farmer and his family, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 4, The arrival of the British Soldiers, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 4, The arrival of the British Soldiers, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 3, Leaving for battle, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 3, Leaving for battle, 2023

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Emily Hobhouse: Readers will be interested, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

Work: 97 x 55 cm (38.2 x 21.7 in.)

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Emily Hobhouse: Readers will be interested, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

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Stories for Children: Page 11, The death of a child, 2023

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Sue Williamson

Stories for Children: Page 11, The death of a child, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 8, Living in tents, 2023

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Sue Williamson

Stories for Children: Page 8, Living in tents, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 5, Boers defending their territory, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

Frame: 58.5 x 78 cm (23 x 30.7 in.)

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Sue Williamson

Stories for Children: Page 5, Boers defending their territory, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 6, The Burning of Farms, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 6, The Burning of Farms, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 2, The farmer and his family, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 2, The farmer and his family, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 4, The arrival of the British Soldiers, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 4, The arrival of the British Soldiers, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 3, Leaving for battle, 2023

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Stories for Children: Page 3, Leaving for battle, 2023

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Emily Hobhouse: Readers will be interested, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

Work: 97 x 55 cm (38.2 x 21.7 in.)

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Sue Williamson

Emily Hobhouse: Readers will be interested, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

Work: 97 x 55 cm (38.2 x 21.7 in.)

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Stories for Children: Page 11, The death of a child, 2023

Hand embroidered on cotton organdie

Frame: 58.5 x 78 cm (23 x 30.7 in.)

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Stories for Children: Page 11, The death of a child, 2023

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The brave activism of women in the apartheid years, 1948 – 1999, has been a key focus for Williamson. Taken from her All Our Mothers series is a photographic portrait of struggle stalwart, Ray Alexander, known for her lifelong fight in support of the rights of workers. This is echoed by the installation, A chair for Ray Alexander that pays homage to Alexander’s reputation for always listening to others. Sitting with her chin on hand in a listening position, Ray seems to be inviting the viewer to sit down and tell her their troubles. Six unique colour laser printed portraits form a backdrop to the chair. A second activist, Nyameka Goniwe, widow of the assassinated leader Matthew Goniwe, is the focus of Cradock: Caught in the Flood.

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All Our Mothers: Ray Alexander, 1992

Archival Ink on archival paper

Image: 59.5 x 39 cm (23.4 x 15.4 in.)

Work: 72.5 x 53 cm (28.5 x 20.9 in.)

Frame: 74.4 x 54.8 cm (29.3 x 21.6 in.)

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All Our Mothers: Gertrude Shope, Pretoria, 2012
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72 x 51.5 cm
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All Our Mothers: Barbara Masekela, Johannesburg, 2022
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72 x 51.5 cm
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All Our Mothers: Vesta Smith, Noordgesig, Soweto, 2012
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All Our Mothers: Ilse Fischer Wilson, 2013
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72 x 51.5 cm
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All Our Mothers: Frene Ginwala, Johannesburg, 2022
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All Our Mothers: Rica Hodgson, Johannesburg, 2012
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All Our Mothers: Brigalia Bam, Pretoria, 2012
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All Our Mothers: Ruth Mompati, Vryburg, 2015
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All Our Mothers: Sophie Williams de Bruyn, 2012
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72 x 51.5 cm
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All Our Mothers: Rebecca Kotane, Soweto, 2013
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72 x 51.5 cm
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All Our Mothers: Caroline Motsoaledi, Soweto, 2012
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72 x 51.5 cm
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All Our Mothers: Amina Cachalia, Fordsburg, 2012
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72 x 51.5 cm
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Cold Turkey: Stories of Truth and Reconciliation, a forerunner to the artist’s Truth Games series, tells the story of the horrific experiments Eugene de Kock carried out to test a cassette player that was also a bomb.

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Sue Williamson
Cold Turkey: Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (De Kock ready to sing), 1996
Assemblage of acetate, steel, plexiglass and wood
64 x 90 cm
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Sue Williamson | Short Stories in a Longer Tale -  - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery

Sue Williamson

Pass the Parcel, Jacob, 2007

Archival prints on Tyvek, string, Hand stamping, found objects (installation of 21 pieces) 

Work: 189 x 385.5 cm (74.4 x 151.8 in.)

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The sudden re-emergence of Jacob Zuma on the national arena is marked by showing again Williamson’s  2014 work, Pass the Parcel, Jacob which followed the story of his rape trial through a series of newspaper cuttings highlighting the uneven power dynamics between Zuma and his accuser. 

Looking further back on the continent’s timeline, the ink drawings series Postcards from Africa is based on photographic postcards sent in an era of colonial expansion. Here the artist redraws the landscapes and situations imaged in these old photographs, but the people who once stood so stiffly in many of them are no longer required to be present.

Sue Williamson | Short Stories in a Longer Tale -  - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery

Sue Williamson (b. 1941, Lichfield, UK) emigrated with her family to South Africa in 1948. In the 1970s, Williamson started to make work which addressed social change and by the late 1980s she was well known for her series of portraits of women involved in the country’s political struggle, titled A Few South Africans (1980s). 

Important international solo exhibitions include: Between Memory and Forgetting, Plymouth (2023);  Other Voices, Other Cities,  Las Palmas (2023); Can’t Remember, Can’t Forget, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg (2017); Other Voices, Other Cities, SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia (2015), Messages from the Moat, Den Haag, (2003) and The Last Supper Revisited, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. (2002). 

Group exhibitions include: Tell Me What You Remember, Barnes Foundation (2023); Breaking Down the Walls - 150 years of Collecting Art at Iziko, Iziko South African Museum (2022); RESIST! The 1960s Protests, Photography and Visual Legacy, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2018); Women House, La Monnaie de Paris and National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington D.C) (2017, 2018); Being There, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017); Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, International Centre for Photography in New York and the Museum Africa in Johannesburg (2014); The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and P.S.1 New York (2001-2).

Williamson has participated in biennales around the world, including the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2019); several Havana Biennales as well as the Sydney, Istanbul, Venice and Johannesburg biennales. 

Williamson’s works feature in museum collections, ranging from the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Pompidou Centre, (Paris), Hammer Museum, (Los Angeles) to the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C), Iziko South African National Gallery (Cape Town) and the Johannesburg Art Gallery (Johannesburg). Williamson has authored two books - South African Art Now (2009) and Resistance Art in South Africa (1989). 

In 1997, Williamson founded www.artthrob.co.za, a leading website on South African contemporary art and the first of its kind in the country.  Awards and fellowships include The Living Legends Award (2020), attributed by the South African government’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture; the University of Johannesburg’s Ellen Kuzwayo Award (2018); the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship (2011); the Smithsonian’s Visual Artist Research Award Fellowship (2007) and the Lucas Artists Residency Fellowship (2005) from Montalvo Art Center in California. California. In November last year, she took up an artist’s residency at the Yale Center for British Art.

Williamson lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.