Born in 1975 in Kimberley, South Africa. Lives and works between Cape Town, South Africa and Stockholm, Sweden.
With an academic background in religion, theatre and advertising, conceptual artist James Webb creates site-specific sound installations, sculptures and performative works that explore various ways of giving language and abstract ideas experiential or material form. Webb’s works often deal with concepts like belief and faith, especially their meaning within broader historical or social contexts. Through Webb’s interventions, found objects become interactive speakers and texts transform into enigmatic relics; the works function like allegories to reveal new paths of understanding and communication. Webb also shows how intangible concepts like devotion accumulate meaning and form through subjective interpretations. Cataloging varying expressions of shared customs in different cities, Webb forms networks of connection between diverse communities that bind geographies, histories, and cultures together in a common space.