Sue Williamson is a visual artist, a writer, and an activist living in Cape Town, South Africa. Sue Williamson studied at the Art Students League of New York and at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town. She belongs to the pioneering generation of South African artists who vigorously opposed the apartheid regime. Working in installation, photography, and video, she continues to address social issues, mediating contemporary history through the voices of the people who are living through it. After the end of apartheid, she amassed two years of press cuttings about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and through theTruth Games series attempted to present the atrocities of the apartheid era from the points of view of both perpetrator and victim. Subsequently, the pandemic of HIV/AIDS was considered in a series entitledFrom the Inside.The experience of black immigrants to South Africa was the subject of the video series Better Lives. Originally trained as a journalist, Williamson is the author of the landmark publication, Resistance Art in South Africa (1989) and more recently,South African Art Now (2009), a survey of contemporary art and artists
In recent years, she has also extended her art practice to projects in Egypt, Cuba, Zimbabwe, the United States, and Europe. In 2007, she received a Visual Arts Research Award from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C Over the years, she has exhibited on a number of biennales, including the 9th Biennale of Sydney, the 45th Venice Biennale, and the 1st and 2ndJohannesburg Biennales. In late 2011, her work can be seen on the 12th Istanbul Biennale..Her work is held in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C and the South African National Gallery, Cape Town. Her solo exhibitions include Voices (2011) at the Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, The Truth is on the Walls(2009) at the 10th Havana Biennale, Cuba, and Sue Williamson: Selected Work (2003) at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Brussels, Belgium.