Sue Williamson


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Sue Williamson receives Ellen Kuzwayo Award

Sue Williamson has received the prestigious Ellen Kuzwayo Award (30 November). The award is given to individuals who make outstanding contributions toward the betterment of society and higher education by the University of Johannesburg. Williamson was recognised for her socially-based practice that uncovers hidden histories, being honoured alongside Judge Edwin Cameron and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.

Shirin Neshat, Sue Williamson, Tabita Rezaire, and William Kentridge on Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Shirin Neshat, Sue Williamson, Tabita Rezaire and William Kentridge are included on the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India (12 December – 29 March). The biennale will take place across various public spaces and heritage sites in the town of Kochi. For biennial curator Anita Dube, the event aims to counteract ‘the virtual hyper-connectivity that has paradoxically alienated us from the warm solidarities of community’. The exhibition runs from 12 December until 29 March 2019.

Sue Williamson and Nelisiwe Xaba take part in 2018 Live Art Festival in Cape Town

The Live Arts Festival, produced by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), features Sue Williamson and Nelisiwe Xaba on its 2018 programme. Williamson’s installation One Hundred and Nineteen Deeds of Sale draws on the record of people enslaved in India and brought to the Cape Town Castle and Company Gardens in the 17th century, with the former slaves names inscribed on cotton working shirts and lengths of cloth sent from India. The work is installed at the Cape Town Castle, enacting the original journey Williamson’s installation memorializes Sue Williamson and Nelisiwe Xaba to take part in 2018 Live Art Festival in Cape Town. Following the festival, the garments will then make a return journey to India, where they will be washed and rehung in and old colonial building as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in December 2018. Bang Bang Wo, a performative lecture by Xaba which considers the concept of ‘help’ and questions how it instils power dynamics, is held at Hiddingh Campus (2 September).

Sue Williamson presents "Messages from the Atlantic Passage" at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018

Sue Williamson’s large-scale installation, Messages from the Atlantic Passage shows at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018 (6 – 9 September). First shown at Art Basel Unlimited in 2017, the installation is a visual representation of the accumulated records of vessels responsible for transporting captives from West Africa to the Americas during the 19th Century – a journey repeated more than 30 000 times that was known as ‘The Atlantic Passage’. Williamson’s work recalls a small handful of those voyages. This remembrance takes the form of fishing nets, filled with glass bottles containing traces of earth, suspended above tanks of water. Each net represents one ship’s journey across the Atlantic. Every bottle, in turn, is hand engraved with information about one of the slaves on that voyage, including their African name, the new ‘Christian’ name given by the slaver, the country of origin, and the age, sex and height of the person. The installation is an extension of Sue Williamson’s acclaimed Messages from the Moat (1997), first exhibited on Okwui Enwezor’s 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, which listed the slaves brought to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company between 1658 and 1762.

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  • A Few South Africans

    Last Supper at Manley Villa

    Other Voices, Other Cities

    Men of El Max

    Better Lives

    Truth Games

    From The Inside

    A Tale of Two Cradocks

    Pages From A Government Tourist Brochure

    The Mothers

  • Solo exhibitions

    Sue Williamson / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016

    Sue Williamson / All Our Mothers / 2013

    Sue Williamson / All Our Mothers / 2013

    Sue Williamson / Voices / 2011

    Sue Williamson / Other Voices, Other Cities / 2009

    Group exhibitions

    South South: Between Land and Sea

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Summer Show / 2012

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    The Marks We Make / 2010

  • Biography

    Solo Exhibitions

    Group Exhibitions

    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Professional Appointments and Consultation

    Conference and Workshop Participation

    Awards and Merits

    Academic Record and Residencies


    Selected Articles and Reviews


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  • Videos

  • Press for Sue Williamson

    Sue Williamson / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 11 November 2014

    Artists in the firing line as they test the limits of freedom of expression by Stefanie Jason (775.9 KB)

    Sue Williamson / / 4 November 2014

    Sue Williamson's Diary by Sue Williamson (3.2 MB)

    Sue Williamson / / 3 November 2014

    Truth and Reconciliation: Sue Williamson at Frieze Masters, by Polly Brock (633.8 KB)

    Sue Williamson / Artthrob / June 2014

    Review: There's something I must tell you by Lloyd Pollack (335.8 KB)

    Sue Williamson / Contemporary Magazine / Issue 86

    Profile: Sue Williamson by Barbara Pollack (1.3 MB)

    Sue Williamson / Cape Times / 16 July 2010

    500 year time machine trip by Suzy Bell (581.3 KB)