Table Talk

Sue Williamson: A medium for the message

The important things that marginalised or overlooked people have to say are presented as art in her works, Sue Williamson tells Jonathan Ancer

09 May 2021 - 00:00 By Jonathan Ancer

While doing research on the spy-turned-apartheid assassin Craig Williamson, I stumbled upon a series of powerful portraits of women involved in SA’s struggle. The image I was interested in was of the anti-apartheid activist Jenny Schoon. A parcel bomb that Williamson sent to the Schoons killed Jenny and her six-year-old daughter Katryn in Angola in 1984.

The image of Jenny was rich with poignant details about her life and about her death. It was like a visual poem. The series was called A Few South Africans. I added the name of the artist, Sue Williamson, to my list of people to interview. One day I punched “Williamson” into my e-mail search prompt to find an article someone had sent to me about the killer, and up came a thread from members of my stretch class...

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