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Born in Lichfield, England in 1941. Family emigrated to South Africa in 1948. Lives and works in Cape Town.





1983 Advanced diploma in Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town



2022  The 5th International Biennale Casablanca, curated by Christine Eyene

2021  Other Voices, Other Cities, CAAM, Las Palmas, Spain


2021  Testimony. Goodman Gallery London.

2020   Pages from the South. Dominique Fiat Gallery. Paris, France.

2019  That particular morning, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017  Other Voices, Other Cities: Delhi, Prameya Art Foundation 

2017  Messages from the Atlantic Passage, Installation, Basel Unlimited, Switzerland

2017  Can't Forget, Can't Remember, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016   No More Fairy Tales, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2016   Other Voices, Other Cities, SCAD Atlanta: Gallery 1600, Georgia, USA

2016   The Past Lies Ahead, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2015   Other Voices, Other Cities, SCAD Museum, Savannah, Georgia, USA

2014   Sue Williamson, Goodman Gallery stand, Frieze Masters, London

2014   There’s something I must tell you, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town

2013   All Our Mothers  Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town

2012   The Mothers: a 31 Year Chronicle, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2011   Voices, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

2009   Other Voices, Other Cities, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2009   The Truth is on the Walls, Wilfredo Lam Centre, Havana, 10th Havana Biennale, Cuba          

2007  Hotels and Better Lives, Wertz Gallery, Atlanta, USA

2005  Hotels and Better Lives, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2004  Messages from the Moat, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2003  Sue Williamson: Selected Work, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, Belgium                         2002  From the Inside, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2002  The Last Supper Revisited, National Musuem of African Art, Smithsonian Insitute, Washingtion D.C, USA                                     

2001  Can’t forget, can’t remember, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2000  Messages from the Moat, Archive Building, Den Haag, Netherlands

Sue Williamson, A Few South Afircans: Amina Cachalia, 1984


Amina Cachalia, 1984

A Few South Africans series

Photo etching/screenprint collage

70 x 64cm

Edition of 35



2021  Un (Hidden). Dominique Fiat Gallery. Paris France.

2020  The Sum of all Parts. MoMA. New York. United States.

2020  Allied with Power, Perez Museum, Miami, United States

2020  Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy

2019: IncarNation, BOZAR, Belgium

2019: Mapping Worlds: Selected works from the Scheryn Art Collection, Norval Fondation, Cape Town, South Africa

2019: I've Grown Roses in this Garden of Mine, Goodman Gallery, London.

2019: United by AIDS, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switerland

2019: Great Movements of Feeling, NETS Victoria, touring show Australia.

2019 I AM: Contemporary Woman Artists of Africa, Smithsonian, Washington, United States

2019: Smithsonian

2019: The Main Complaint, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

2018: Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 is curated by Anita Dube, Kochi, India

2018  Great Movements of Feeling, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2018  RESIST!  Bozar, Brussels

2018  The Road to Justice, Maxxi, Rome

2017 Women House: Monnaie de Paris: Paris, France

2017 Messages from the Atlantic Passage, Installation, Basel Unlimited, Switzerland

2017 Tous Des Sang-Mêlés, MAC VAL (Musee d’art contemporain du Val de Marne), Paris

2017 Being There: South Africa, a Contemporary Scene, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

2017 A Short History of South African Photography, Chiostri San Pietro, Italy

2017 'Citizens - Artist and Society', Tate Modern, London

2017 Lucy’s Iris, Contemporary African Women Artists, El Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) 

2017 Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa, Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, Washington DC

2016  L'Autre Continent: Artistes, femmes, africaines, Muséum d'histoire naturelle du Havre, Le Havre, France

2016  Home Truths: Domestic Interiors in South African Collections, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016  Senses of Time: Video-and Film-based Works of Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. & The Ruth and Elmer Wellin

           Museum of Art, New York, USA

2016  Citizens - Artist and Society, Tate Modern, London, UK

2016  50/50, New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2016  El Iris de Lucy (Lucy's Iris), MUSAC, Leon, Spain & Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France

2015  Album de Familia (Family Album), Centro de Arte Hélio Octicica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2015  Fireflied in the Night, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

2014  Ngezinwayo: Migrant Journeys, Wits Arts Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014  Artevida (politico) Museu do Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014  Contemporary Art/South Africa, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA

2014  Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture  Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers, NJ, USA

2013  Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy

2013  My Johannesburg  La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2013  Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany

2013  The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

2012  The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, International Center of Photography, New York, USA

2011 12th Istanbul Biennial

2011  Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now , Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

2011  Artefacts The Project Space, Ann Arbor

2010  Darkroom, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia, USA

2010  Ampersand, Daimler Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2010  Pierneef to Gugulective – 1910-2010, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2009  Unbounded: New Art for a New Century, Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA

2009  Nation State, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008  Africa: Personal Poetics, Guangzhou Triennale. Guangdong Museum of Art, China*

2008  The Poetics of Cloth, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, USA

2008  Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, Exit Gallery, New York, USA

2007  Lift Off !  Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2007  Inscribing Meaning, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC and Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, USA*

2007  The Loaded Lens, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2007  The Sneeze 80x80, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa*

2007  Apartheid: The South African Mirror, Center for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona, Spain*

2007  Sasol Wax Awards, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg and Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa*

2007  Spier Contemporary Art Awards Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007 Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

2007  Désiréalités, Espace 1789, Paris, France

2006  Body of Evidence, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

2006  Trienal de Luanda, Angola

2006  9th Bienal de Havana, Cuba

2006  Off the Record, Shibuya Station, Tokyo, Japan

2005  Imagining the Book II, Library of Alexandria, Egypt

2004  A Decade of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2004  Insights, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

2004  Dak’Art, Biennale de Dakar, Senegal

2004  The Sneeze 80x80, Gallery Gazon Rouge, Athens, Greece

2004  Boustashy 01, El Max, Alexandria, Egypt

2004  AIDS in the Age of Globalization, The National Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg, Sweden

2003  Transferts, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2003  Sexuality and Death: Aids in Contemporary African Art, Rautenstrauch- Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany

2002  History/Now, Liljevachs Konsthalll, Stockholm, Sweden

2002  Africa Apart, New Society for the Visual Arts, Berlin, Germany

2002  International Media Art Festival, Mexico City, Mexico

2001-2 The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1954-1994, Villa Stuck Museum, Munich and House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany, and Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York, USA

2001-3 Dis/locations, Circulo de Bella Artes, PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain and Forum de Maia, O’Porto, Portugal

2001  World Wide Video Festival, Baby Lounge, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2000  Mostra Africana de Arte Contemporaneo; Videobrasil Electronic Art International Festival, SESC, São Paulo, Brazil

2000  Archive 09.0602.07, Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands

2000  Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Openspace, Milan, Italy

2000  Emotional Geographies:  Foto Biennale Rotterdam, Netherlands

2000  The New Republics, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne





2011  Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship, Italy, Rockefeller Foundation

2007  Visual Artist Research Award Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

2007  Goodman Gallery Award, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005  Lucas Artists Residency Fellowship. Montalvo Art Center, California, USA






Museum of Modern Art, New York

Tate Modern, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Newark Museum, New Jersey

Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks

Wellesley College, Massachusetts

Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts

Museum of 21st Century, Louisville, Kentucky

Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art, Luanda     

Wifredo Lam Centre, Havana

Daimler Collection, Berlin

Jochen Zeitz Collection, Germany

Walther Collection, Ulm





BHP Billiton, Johannesburg

Brenthurst Library, Johannesburg

Cape Provincial Library, Cape Town

Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg

District Six Museum, Cape Town

Durban Art Gallery, Durban

ETV, Johannesburg

Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg

Houses of Parliament, Cape Town

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth

MTN Art Institute, Johannesburg

Museum of Art, Pretoria

MuseuMAfrica, Johannesburg

Natal Technicon, Durban

Old Mutual, Cape Town

South African Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg

SA Breweries, Cape Town

Sandton Museum, Gauteng

Sasol, Johannesburg

Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town

Standard Bank, Johannesburg

Tatham Gallery, Maritzburg

Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

United States Embassy, Cape Town

United States Embassy, Johannesburg

University of Cape Town, Cape Town

University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

University of  Zululand, KwaDlangezwa




2014  On Time: African Art and the Question of Temporality, Clark Institute, Williamstown, USA

2011  Conversation amongst Friends, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

2008  The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End, Panelist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

2007  Inscribing Meaning, Panelist, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, USA

2005  Imagining the Book Biennale, Panelist, Library of Alexandria, Egypt

2002  Who defines the Contemporary Biennials and the Global Art World?, Panelist. Sackler Museum, Smithsonian International Art Museums

2002  Beyond the Gallery: Art in Public Spaces, Conference director, Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa

2002  Workshop on Cultural Management for Artists, Guest speaker, Hotel Paz, Lujan, Argentina

2001  Fact and Fiction in Post Authoritarian Societies, Guest speaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

2001  The Short Century: Artists Talks Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

2000  State of the Visual Arts in Africa and the African Diaspora: An Agenda for the 21st Century, Panelist, Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris, France

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