Sue Williamson is an artist and writer based in South Africa. Her work engages in themes related to memory and identity formation. She is part of pioneering generation of South African artists who started making work in the 1980s that addressed social change in what was then apartheid South Africa. She received the Visual Arts Research Award from the Smithsonian institute in Washington D.C. in 2007 and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship in 2011. Her work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
For Great Movements of Feeling Sue will present It’s a pleasure to meet you (2016) which was exhibited earlier this year as part of Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, an exhibition exploring South African art. This video work presents two young South Africans discussing the deaths of their fathers under apartheid. Beyond the journalistic aspect, the videos’ subjects reflect two positions: that of a young man still filled with rage, and that of a young woman calmly describing her personal process of resignation. Both accounts articulately express a myriad of emotions that reveal the complexity of pain and grieve.