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SUE WILLIAMSON SELECTED WORK (article first published : 2003-06-20)

A very special and highly respected South African artist, Sue Williamson has many links to the international art world. She has exhibited in Cuba, Iceland and Greece. Her work has been bought by the SA National Gallery, the National Museum of African Art in Washington and many other institutions in the United States.

Double Storey Books with assistance from Africalia, a Belgian cultural exchange programme with an interest in Africa, has published a beautifully designed book titled Sue Williamson Selected Work and CD ROM showcasing for the first time Sue Williamson's work from the1980ís to the present. The CD ROM shows the images from the book in video form.

During the 1980ís Sue was best known for work that attempted to make visible some of the people and events rendered as blanks in the national fantasy of apartheid. A Few South Africans was a series of portraits that literalised the iconic status of the women of the Struggle and provided recognisable images that were easily circulated in the form of postcard reproductions.

Images of women like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Helen Joseph, banned and under house arrest, hardly ever published in the media appeared in A Few South Africans consolidating the mythic status of these women and confirmed their real existence.

The 2000-2 series From the Inside returns to this terrain and photographs of people with HIV/AIDS are portraits in the proper sense but the specific humanity of these images is complicated by their juxtaposition with pictures of graffiti, halting slogans and homilies drawn from interviews with the subjects and painted in highly public areas around Cape Town and Johannesburg.

In English, Flemish and French, Sue Williamson Selected Work retails at R285.




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