Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi on Sue Williamson

Williamson’s 49-panel work captures the legacy of South African apartheid through one man’s life.
Dec 18, 2020

In our latest online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, the Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator of Painting and Sculpture, looks at Sue Williamson’s For Thirty Years Next to His Heart, in which the 30-year life of one man’s official government passbook “captures the experience of Black South Africans under apartheid”—and serves as a reminder that we must not forget the most difficult chapters of our history.

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