SUE WILLIAMSON


     

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    Sue Williamson is a Cape Town based artist who is internationally recognized for her work.  She is represented in many public collections including the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

     

    Trained as a printmaker, Williamson also works in installation, photography and video. She is part of the pioneering generation of South African artists who started to make work in the 1970s which addressed social change in what was then apartheid South Africa.  

     

    Since the coming of democracy in 1994, in works such as Truth GamesCan’t ForgetCan't RememberMessages from the Moat, and Better Lives Williamson has continued to focus on such issues as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, slavery, and immigration. At the same time, she has undertaken art projects around the world.

     

    Williamson is also known as a writer on contemporary art, and has authored such books as Resistance Art in South Africa (1989), St Martins Press, and South African Art Now (2009) HarperCollins. In 1987 she founded www.artthrob.co.za, an online journal on South African contemporary art .

     

    Her awards include a Visual Art Research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. in 2007 and a Creative Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation of New York in 2011.