Sue Williamson: Between Memory and Forgetting

Sue Williamson: Between Memory and Forgetting
The Box, Plymouth

When: 04 February 2023 to 04 June 2023
Where: The Box, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AX
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: Admission free. No need to book.
Suitable for: Any age

10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday + selected bank holidays

Sue Williamson (b.1941) is a British-born South African artist and activist. 'Between Memory and Forgetting' presents an extended overview of her work, dating from 1981 until today as well as a major new sculptural commission. This is Williamson’s first institutional show in the UK.

For over 40 years, Williamson’s work has celebrated the underrated realisations of women, who played key roles not only in South Africa's liberation struggle, but in the years that followed. The artist aims to bring these women and their histories to a wider audience, while also connecting the societal changes they allowed with the lives of their granddaughters and younger generations.

'Between Memory and Forgetting' includes mixed media portraits, photographs and drawings. A major new sculptural commission, 'Towards Another World', takes its starting point from two identical looking Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) memorials in Plymouth, UK and Bloemfontein, South Africa, and considers the significance of memorials; those who are honoured, and those who do not receive a mention.

Between Memory and Forgetting is an exhibition that speaks about liberation struggles, those who are not memorialised due to power hierarchies and the role and recognition of women who have fought and are still fighting for a more equal society.

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