Sue Williamson, "Other Voices, Other Cities: No Time to Stroll, Hong Kong,” ink on paper, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, South Africa.

Sue Williamson exhibition: 'Other Voices, Other Cities'

The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Other Voices, Other Cities,” an exhibition with works from an ongoing series by artist Sue Williamson. Since 2009, Williamson has explored the definition of place to cities and citizens. In this age of globalization, what does it mean to live in a particular place? Why do the residents of a city choose to live there, and if there but is one message to express the essence of that city, what would it be?

In each new city, Williamson works by setting up a workshop of young artists and other residents, asking them discuss what distinguishes their city and the people of that city from any other. What is good, what is bad, what is peculiar? If the city has an image and an attitude, what is it? At the conclusion of the workshop, participants vote on the most popular statement.

The letters of the statement are fabricated in cheap signage material, and Williamson finds a location in the city appropriate to the message for a photo shoot. On the day of the shoot, the workshop participants meet again and hold up the letters to spell out the message for a word-by-word series of photographs.

At a time when much of the world is in constant flux, the dialogue created by residents of different cities is engaging and revealing. Cities represented in “Other Voices, Other Cities” include Havana; Johannesburg; Harare, Zimbabwe; London; Bern, Switzerland; Berlin; New York City; Krakow, Poland; Napoli, Italy; and Istanbul. During 2013 Williamson completed a residency at SCAD Hong Kong, and in collaboration with SCAD students, she created “No Time to Stroll,” the most recent addition to the series included in the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions. 

Reception: Oct. 8, 2015, 6-8 p.m. (Exclusive to museum members from 6-7 p.m.)

Look Again lecture: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5:30–7 p.m.

Museum hours:

  • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, closed
  • Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Daily admission to the exhibition is free for museum members and anyone with a SCAD Card. The exhibition is open to the public with the cost of museum admission.