‘Postcards from the Portfolio’ (1984)

‘Postcards from the Portfolio’ (1984)

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Sue Williamson

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From the Constitutional Court Art Collection website:

"This 1980s series of prints was made at a time when South Africa was still firmly in the grip of apartheid and the artist was studying for her Advanced Diploma in Printmaking at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. The series was a result of her engagement with the anti-apartheid struggle and attempted to make visible and to celebrate some of the women involved in the struggle for freedom.

At the time, the faces of these women seldom appeared in the popular press, and little was known about them by white South Africans. Postcards printed from the series were, however, widely distributed through alternative book shops and elsewhere. The artist took some of the images on which the photo etchings are based, while others were sourced from books in university libraries or other archives."

 

Notable for her engagement with art activism under apartheid and her contributions to South African art publishing, Sue Williamson's practice is one of material experimentation and social resonance. “I am never particularly interested in doing what I did the last time, I take one thing and work it out a number of ways.” Williamson (b.1941, Lichfield, United Kingdom) lives and works in Cape Town.

 

15 x 11 cm | postcard