Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

Lerato Shadi

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

James Webb

James Webb is an interdisciplinary, conceptual artist whose work ranges from site-specific interventions in public spaces to large-scale installations in galleries and museums. Informed by his studies in advertising, comparative religion, and theatre, he often makes use of ellipsis, displacement, and détournement to explore the nature of belief and the dynamics of communication in our contemporary world. Webb’s practice employs a variety of media including audio, installation, and text; referencing aspects of the conceptualist and minimalist traditions.

To date, Webb has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, 2018; SPACES, Cleveland, USA, 2018; Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden, 2018; Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France, 2016; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom, 2016; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway, 2015; blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014; CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain, 2013; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012; and MAC, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2010.

Major group exhibitions include the 13th Biennial of Dakar (2018), 4th Prospect Triennial of New Orleans (2017), Documenta 14 (2017), 13th Biennial of Sharjah (2017), 12th Bienal de la Habana (2015), 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013), the 3rd Marrakech Biennale (2009), the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival and the 8th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (2007). Other notable group shows include spaces such as Wanås Konst and Historiska, Sweden; MAXXI Roma, Italy; Darat al Funun, Jordan; Théâtre Graslin, France; and Tate Modern, London. In 2008 he curated “Fear of the Known, a festival of extreme listening,” featuring international sound artists in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Johannesburg.

Webb’s work has been acquired by numerous public and private collections, and his projects have been written about and published in “Xenagogue” (Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2015) and the forthcoming monograph “…” (blank projects, 2019).

For more information on the artist, and audio/video samples, please visit http://theotherjameswebb.tumblr.comor see the links below:


Untitled (Al Madat)
Children of the Revolution
Telephone Voice
The Black Passage
In Living Memory Of What Never Happened
Let Me Lose Myself


Le Marche Oriental
September 1st
Saturday Night Can Be The Loneliest Place on Earth


curriculum vitae

1975   Born in Kimberley, South Africa

Lives and works between Cape Town, South Africa and Stockholm, Sweden



1999  Diploma (Copywriting) The Red & Yellow School, Cape Town, South Africa

1996  B.A. (Drama & Comparative Religion) University of Cape Town, South Africa


selected solo exhibitions

2019  Choose the Universe, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France

2019  Three Dreams of a Sinking World, POOL, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018  It’s not what it looks like, SPACES, Cleveland, USA

2018  Prayer (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

2018  Supernature, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2018  The dreamer in me meets the dreamer in youNorrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden

2016  Hope is a good swimmer, Galerie Imane Fares, Paris, France

2016  We Listen for the Future, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2016  Ecstatic Interference, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2015  Xenagogue, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway

2015  Nous نحن , with Ninar Esber, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France

2014  The Two Insomnias, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2013  Audiopolis, Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain

2012  MMXII, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Aleph, Goethe On Main, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Terms Of Surrender, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Untitled States, MAC, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2010  Prayer, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom

2010  JWAKZNSA, KZNSA, Durban, South Africa

2010  One day, all of this will be yours, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2008  Prayer, Huddersfield Art Gallery, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2007  Beau Diable, Gallery In The Round, Grahamstown, South Africa

2006  Untitled, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2002  Phonosynthesizer, US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa


selected group exhibitions

2020 Reverb: Sound into Art, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (upcoming)

2020 AUDIOSPHERE: Social Experimental Audio, Pre- and Post-Internet, curated by Francisco López, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (upcoming)

2019  Ngoma: Art and Cosmology, JAG, Johannesburg, South Africa

2019  the head the hand, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2019 Rennie at the WAG, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

2019 Open Borders, 14th Curitiba International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Curitiba, Brazil

2019  Listening Room, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa

2018  Hacer Noche, Centro Cultural San Pablo, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico

2018  Radiophonic Spaces, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

2018  Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2018  Radiophonic Spaces, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2018  Ways of Seeing, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2018  African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

2018  blankGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany

2018  Gegen die StrömungReise ins Ungewisse, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2018  More for less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

2018 The Red Hour, 13th Biennial of Dakar, curated by Simon Njami, Senegal

2018 Common Ground, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom

2017  17, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2017  The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect New Orleans 4, New Orleans, USA

2017  Ways of SeeingVilla Empain Fondation Boghossia; curated by Sam Bardaouil et Till Fellrath, Brussels, Belgium

2017  Mixed Signals, Helicotrema 6, Teatro di Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

2017  Utocorpis, Silenco; curated by Amina Zoubir, Paris, France

2017  Cinéphémere for LOOP Barcelona; curated by  Carolina Ciuti, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2017  Every Time An Ear Di Soun, curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and co-curated by Marcus Gammel, documenta 14 radio

2017  Tous, des sang mêles, curated by Frank Lamy and Julie Crenn, MAC VAL, Paris, France

2017  Home is so fucking complicated,  Galerie Nathalie Halgand for the Curated by_ series; curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Vienna, Austria

2017  Picasso et la maternitéCurated by Florence Saragoza, Musée Crozatier, Le Puy-en-Velay, France

2017  Image Drain, curated by Anthea Buys, Tallin Art Hall, Tallin, Estonia

2017 Afrique Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, La Villette, Paris, France

2017  Becoming an Apricot, an apple, a crow, a tree, a cockroach, a glacier, a plant, a mushroom, a shell, a bird, algae for Survival Kit 9, curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Solvita Krese, and Inga Lāce, Former Faculty of Biology of the University of Latvia, Riga

2017  Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, United Arab Emirates

2016 Silencio, in collaboration with Raphaëlle Delaunay, curated by Mehdi Brit, Paris, France

2016 Sonic Somatic, Firenze, Italy

2016 Nothing is Impossible, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sante Fe, USA

2016 Helicotrema, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

2016  History Unfolds, Historiska Museet; curated by Helene Larsson Pousette, Stockholm, Sweden

2016  Malmös Leende, curated by Edi Muka, Malmö, Sweden

2016 Sèvres Outdoors 2016, Sèvres Cité de la Céramique, Paris, France

2016 Le Voyage à Nantes Festival, Théâtre Graslin and Jardin de la Psalette, Nantes, France

2016 A Place In Time, curated by Helen Pheby, Nirox Foundation, South Africa

2016  Alive in the Dead Sea (1995-2015), The Khalid Shoman Foundation Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2016  The 55-Minute Hour, Trubok Factory; curated by Live Art International, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 Libertas, 7th Bienal de Jafre, curated by Carolina Grau, Girona, Spain

2015  Handle with care, Ostrale 15, Dresden, Germany

2015  Barrier, Wanås Konst Sculpture Park, Sweden

2015  Between the idea and experience, Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba

2014  Frestas, Trienal of Sorobaba, Sesc, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2014  Helicotrema, Recorded Audio Festival, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan, Italy

2014  No Fixed Abode, The New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2014  Fittja Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Serra dei Giardini, Venice, Italy

2014  Dirty Ear Forum: Sound, Multiplicity and Radical Listening, Galleri 3,14 and Rom8, Bergen, Norway

2014  next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2013  This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2013  blank projects, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013  blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013  Imaginary Fact, South African Pavillion, 55th La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2013  Between The Lines, Former Tagesspiegel Building, Berlin, Germany

2013  No Limit 2, Galerie Imane Fares, Paris, France

2012  GIPCA Live Art Festival, City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa

2012  When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2012  Experience Pommery 10, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

2012  abc Art Berlin Contemporary, Station Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2012  Making Way, various venues, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

2012  Fierce Festival, various venues, Birmingham, UK

2012  In Other Words: the black market of translation, NGBK, Berlin, Germany

2011  Experience Pommery 9, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

2011  Neither Man, Nor Stone, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2010  Sentences On The Banks and other activities, Darat Al-Funun, Amman, Jordan

2010  Reflex / Reflexión, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Article Biennale, various venues, Stavanger, Norway

2010  My World Images, various venues: Copenhagen, Denmark, Istanbul, Athens, Marrakech, Palermo, Catania, Riso Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo

2010  In Other Words, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Twenty, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Contemporary Artists From South Africa, Stiftelsen 314, Bergen, Norway

2010  Ampersand, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2010  No Soul For Sale, L’appartement 22 / Tate Modern, London, UK

2010  1910 – 2010,  Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2010  Printemps des Poètes, Salon de lecture, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France

2009  Happy House, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009  3rd Arts In Marrakech Biennale, Museum of Marrakech, Morocco

2009  L’effacement des traces, Musée d’histoire contemporaine, Paris, France

2009  Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia

2009  Open Frame, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

2009  CAPE 09, Cape Town’s second biennale of contemporary African culture, Cape Town, South Africa

2009  This Is Now 2, L’Appartment 22, Rabat, Morocco

2008  Delusions Of Grandeur, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA

2008  Jozi & The (M)Other City, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008  Home Bound, Stiftung Kunst:Raum Sylt Quelle, Sylt, Germany

2008  za, Giovane arte dal Sud Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy

2008  This Is Now 1, L’appartement22 booth, Jo’burg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008  Light Show, Bank Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2007  Sakra!, St. Andrä, Graz, Austria 9th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

2007 3C, Critic’s Choice Exhibition, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

2007  (In)visible Sounds (with Brandon LaBelle), Netherlands Media Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007  Afterlife, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa

2006  MTN New Contemporaries, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005  Aqua Art Sound Broadcast, Aqua Art Hotel, Miami, USA

2005  Gallery Puta, Cape Town, South Africa

2005  Incidental Amplifications, Various venues, Melbourne, Australia

2005  CCA Kitakyushu Open Studio, Kitakyushu, Japan

2004  Typhoon, Maeda Gallery, Kitakyushu, Japan

2004  The Brett Kebble Art Awards (with Matthew Kalil), CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

2004  Listening to The World Today, BBC Radio 4

2004  A Decade Of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2004  Zèppelin 2004-Festival de Arte Sonor, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain

2003  Mooimark, Mooimark House, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003  YDEsire, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

2002  The Long Night Of Radio Art, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria


selected permanent installations

The dreamer in me meets the dreamer in you, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden

Let Me Lose Myself, Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm, Sweden

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

There’s No Place Called Home (Amman), Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

There’s No Place Called Home (Pommery), Vranken-Pommery Monopole, Reims, France

There’s No Place Called Home (La Villa Demoiselle), Vranken-Pommery Monopole, Reims, France

Untitled, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Siren, Main Street Life, Johannesburg, South Africa


selected commissions

2014 The Shadow Of The Hummingbird, written and directed by Athol Fugard, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2013  The Conversation, time capsule to be opened on 4 August 2103, Egebjerg, Denmark

2013  Die Laaste Karretjiegraf, written and directed by Athol Fugard and Riana Steyn, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2011  Telephone Voice, Répondeur, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2011  The Bird Watchers, written and directed by Athol Fugard, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa



2018 SWAP, SPACES, Cleveland, United States of America

2017  Fountainhead Residency, Miami

2017  Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland

2016 IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden

2011  Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011  Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2010  USF, Bergen, Norway

2009  Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2009  KIT – Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009  Visby International Composers’ Centre, Götland, Sweden

2008  MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain

2006  MALAB, Amazonas, Brazil

2004/5  CCA Kitakyushu, Yahata, Japan


prizes + grants

2016 IASPIS grant, Sweden

2013 Turquoise Harmony Institute Art Award, South Africa

2009  Art Moves Africa Travel Grant

2008  ABSA L’Atelier Award

2006  Nominated for the MTN New Contemporaries Award

2006  ABSA L’Atelier Top 5 finalist

2002  ABSA L’Atelier Top 5 finalist


selected public collections

The Art Institute of Chicago, United States of America

MAC VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, France

MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims, France

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany


selected private collections and foundations

Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation

A4 Arts Foundation, South Africa

Jordan Vranken Pommery Monopole

Main Street Life

Rennie Museum, Vancouver, Canada

Emile Stipp, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Life Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Gordon Schachat Art Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa


selected publications, essays + press

2019    Scemama, P. kindness, La République {de l’art} [online] (published 11 September 2019)

2019    Stevens, N. The Inverted Funnel/ James Webb’s ‘Three Dreams of the Sinking World’, Art Throb [online] (published 7 May 2019)

2019   Elizabeth, M. ‘James Webb’s ‘3 Dreams of a Sinking World – reflections on the Carlton Hotel’, Bubblegum Club [online] (published April 2019)

2018  ‘Prayer’ by James Webb at Art Institute of Chicago, BLOUIN INFO [online] (published 25 October 2018)

2017   Coussonet, C. The sound artist making a call for resilience, Apollo Magazine [online] (published 12 January 2017)

2016   Potts, D. James Webb: We Listen for the Future, Aesthetica, Issue 74 (published December 2016)

2016  Forrest, N. James Webb’s Sound Art Symphony at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, BLOUIN ARTINFO [online] (published 9 November 2016)

2016   Leibbrandt, T. Reverberating Sound of Things to Come: James Webb’s Ecstatic Interference’, Arthrob [online] (published 1 March 2016)

2016  O’Toole, S. Bassdrum: Predictions from the heart of the sun, Sunday Times, South Africa (published 23 February 2016)

2016  O’Toole, S. Critics Picks: James Webb, Artforum (published February 2016)

2016   Minaar, M. Webb se konseptuele minimalisme tref, Die Burger, South Africa (published 18 February 2016)

2015   Buys, A (ed). Xenagogue, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Norway

2014   Jauhianen, I. The Sound of James Webb, Another Africa [online] (published 14 November 2014)

2012   Bester, R. James Webb, Art South Africa, Vol 11.1 (published 7 September 2012)

2012   Buys, A. James Webb: MMXII, this is tomorrow [online] (published 6 September 2012)

2012   O’Toole, S. Young African Artists, Business Day Wanted magazine, South Africa (published September 2012)

2010   Voice in the Wilderness, Mail & Guardian, South Africa (published November 2010)

2010   O’Toole, S. Black Landscape: An Argument in Three Parts, Art South Africa, V9.1 (published September 2010)

2010    Simbao, R. One day, all of this will be yours, Art Throb [online] (published March 2010)

2010   Minnaar, M. Artist of the imagination, The Argus, South Africa (published 20 February 2010)

2009   Davis, J. James Webb, 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival – Visual Arts Program catalogue (published 2009)

2009  Karlsen, A.S. Hacking and Hiding, “A Proposal for Articulating Works And Places” 3rd Arts In Marrakech Biennale catalogue text (published 2009)

2007   O’Toole, S. A Sweet and Tender Hooligan, “The history of a decade that has not yet been named”, catalogue to the Lyon Biennale (published 2007)

2006   Hardy, S. That Subliminal Kid, Art South Africa, Vol 4.3 (published March 2006)