James Webb

ARTIST James Webb

Conceptual art / Installation / Sound installation
Born in 1975 in Kimberley, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town

James Webb is an interdisciplinary artist whose work – framed in large-scale installations in galleries and museums, or as unannounced interventions in public spaces – often makes use of ellipsis, displacement and détournement to explore the nature of belief, and the dynamics of communication in our contemporary world. Webb is known for a practice that employs audio, installation and text, referencing aspects of the conceptualist and minimalist traditions, as well as his academic studies in advertising, comparative religion and theatre.

His recent projects include the creation of an associative audio guide for the famous Skogskykogården cemetery in Stockholm and multi-dimensional analysis of the Theatre Graslin for the 2016 Le Voyages à Nantes. In 2016, in addition to his first personal exhibition in France at Galerie Imane Farès, James Webb is displaying a solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and is taking part in the History Unfolds exhibition at Historiska, the historical museum of the city of Stockholm.


FRAC Champagne-Ardennes, France

Iziko Afrique du Sud, National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

Vranken Pommery Monopole, Reims, France

Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

Main Street Life, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Major Exhibitions


African Metropolis. An imaginary city, MAXXI, Rome, Italie
The dreamer in me meets the dreamer in you, Norrtalje Museum Konsthall, Sweden


Every Time A Ear di Soun, Documenta 14 (Radio program), Kassel, Germany / Athens, Greece

Tamawuj, 13th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE


Hope is a good swimmer, Galerie Imane Farès Paris, France

We listen for the future, Yorkshire Sculpture park, Wakefield, United Kingdom

ECSTATIC INTERFERENCE, Blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa


Between the idea and experience, 12th Havana Biennial, Cuba


Frestas, Trienal of Sorocaba, Brazil


Imaginary Fact, South African Pavilion, Venice Biennial, Italy


In Other Words : the black market of translation, NGBK, Berlin, Germany


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