Sue Williamson / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town
4 February – 2 March 2016

The Past Lies Ahead, Sue Williamson’s new exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape Town, coincides with the launch of a superbly illustrated 256 page monograph, Sue Williamson: Life and Work covering the artist’s entire career, published by the prestigious Italian art house, Skira.

The exhibition looks back at themes that have consistently appeared throughout the artists’ career, such as absence and loss, and their continued importance in the present. An intervention in the space of the gallery, for instance, allows visitors to gaze through a window, especially uncovered for this exhibition, which overlooks the area that was once District Six. On a new window, installed over the old one, Williamson has engraved the scene as it exists today, but has also included the streets and the dense rows of cottages that would have been there in 1960.

Similarly The Lost District, five other works based on old photographs and engraved on sheets of glass, will also memorialize what is no longer there. The delicate lines of Williamson’s incised glass are difficult to see, but show up clearly in the crisp grey shadows cast on the wall behind the work.

In other works, Williamson presents a new piece from her series Other Voices Other Cities. Since 2009, the series explores the definition of place to cities and citizens. In each new city, she works by setting up a workshop of young artists and other residents, asking them to discuss what distinguishes their city and the people of that city from one another. At the conclusion of the workshop participants meet again and hold up letters of the alphabet to spell out the message for a word-by-word series of photographs. At a time when much of the world is in constant flux, the dialogue created by residents of different cities is engaging and revealing. Williamson’s newest addition to the series is the city of Paris, shot in mid-January.

The show also features preparatory mixed media works for a larger video installation that investigates another key theme in the artists’ oeuvre, the long-term effects of the violence of apartheid on those who experienced it at the time, and also on the new generation.

Willamson has been described by Robert Storr, former director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York as ‘one of the foremost artists of her generation’, and her early series A Few South Africans, acquired by the Tate Modern, London last year, is currently on display on Citizens and State.

The opening of the exhibition on February 4 will launch the artist’s monograph, edited by acclaimed writer Mark Gevisser, and with contributions from Chika Okeke-Ogulu, Pumla Gobodo Madikizela and Ciraj Rassool.

  • Storyboard: Candice Mama

    Sue Williamson

    Storyboard: Candice Mama, 2016

    Mixed media and digital prints on watercolour paper

    105 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Truth Games: Nomonde Calata – was everything to me – Harold Snyman

    Sue Williamson

    Truth Games: Nomonde Calata – was everything to me – Harold Snyman, 1998

    Colour laser prints, wood, metal, plastic, perspex

    80 x...

  • Memorial to the TRC

    Sue Williamson

    Memorial to the TRC, 2016

    Waxed fiberglass, printed glass sheets

    91.5d x 56.5w x 70.5h

  • Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: The Boat Will Not Sink, Paris

    Sue Williamson

    Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: The Boat Will Not Sink, Paris, 2016

    Pigment inks on archival paper

    Edition of 8

  • Colouring In

    Sue Williamson

    Colouring In, 1992

    Colour laser prints, decoupage frames, lead, black paint, silver foil, cellophane

    148 x 386 cm

    Edition of ...

  • Pass the Parcel, Jacob

    Sue Williamson

    Pass the Parcel, Jacob, 2007

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

    189.5 x 385...

  • The Lost District: Eaton Place

    Sue Williamson

    The Lost District: Eaton Place, 2016

    Engraved glass, steel frames

    74 x 65 cm

  • The Lost District: Corner Russel and Roger Streets

    Sue Williamson

    The Lost District: Corner Russel and Roger Streets, 2016

    Engraved glass, steel frames

    75 x 70.5 cm

  • The Lost District: Hanover Street

    Sue Williamson

    The Lost District: Hanover Street, 2016

    Engraved glass, steel frames

    78 x 66 cm

  • The Lost District: Decca Records

    Sue Williamson

    The Lost District: Decca Records, 2016

    Engraved glass, steel frames

    78 x 65.5 cm

  • The Lost District: St Mark's

    Sue Williamson

    The Lost District: St Mark's, 2016

    Engraved glass, steel frames

    70.5 x 83 cm

  • The Lost District

    Sue Williamson

    The Lost District, 2016

    Engraved plexiglass, ink, wooden frame

    118 x 257 cm

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Truth Games: Family of Guguletu Seven - Why were you smiling - Capt. John Sterrenberg

    Sue Williamson

    Truth Games: Family of Guguletu Seven - Why were you smiling - Capt. John Sterrenberg, 1998

    Colour laser prints, wood, metal, plastic, pers...

  • 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 / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Sue Williamson / The Past Lies Ahead / 2016]