Sue Williamson, For Thirty Years Next to His Heart


Art and apartheid. We should not forget history’s difficult moments

Sue Williamson, For Thirty Years Next to His Heart, 1990, Forty-nine photocopies in artist-designed frames, overall (approx.): 72 x 103″ (182.9 x 261.6 cm) (The Museum of Modern Art)

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.

Cite this page as: The Museum of Modern Art, "Sue Williamson, For Thirty Years Next to His Heart," in Smarthistory, March 17, 2021, accessed July 30, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/sue-williamson-for-thirty-years-next-to-his-heart/.