“Image Drain” the main exhibition of Tallinn Photomonth. Open until 8.10

Image Drain, the main exhibition of contemporary art biennial Tallinn Photomonth, will be open at Tallinn Art Hall and Museum of Photography, with the participation of 13 artists from all over the world. The exhibition, curated by Anthea Buys, combines artworks with a fictional story about a Russian businessman, his dreams and his interest in the technology of photography.

The exhibition will stay open until October 8th.
A series of personal questions posed to a photograph marked “F. Freiberg. 1859” in the Tallinn Museum of Photography
Sound and photographic installation at the Tallinn Museum of Photography
2017

The artist selected one of the oldest and most remarkable photographs in the collection of the museum, an ambrotype taken in 1859 that, in the 1960s, was damaged when a conservator rubbed alcohol onto it and warped the image. This altered object is the subject of Webb’s enquiry, and he has prepared questions to address to the photograph itself, treating it as a sentient being, and wishing to see what these queries might reveal. The artwork is staged with the ambrotype on display and faced with the disembodied voice of the questioner.

Tundmatu
Site-specific sound installation at the Tallinn Museum of Photography
2017

The Museum of Photography has in its possession a collection of photographs donated over the years by the people of Tallinn. These images, featuring weddings and funerals, formal portraits and incidental shots, largely remain anonymous and unaccounted for. They are referred to as “Tundmatu” (translated as “unknown”), and their status as historical documents worthy of preservation remains uncertain. The artist invited the playwright Louis Viljoen to collaborate on sifting through the unidentified photographs and look for connections, narratives, and stories that they might suggest. Using the pictures as visual cues, the collaborators generated an assortment of literary images for a pair of actors to voice. These words are broadcast from a speaker system in the empty cellar of the museum, a space that has served as a prison, a public lavatory, and a homeless shelter.

All works courtesy of blank projects, and Galerie Imane Farès.


A series of personal questions posed to a photograph marked “F. Freiberg. 1859” in the Tallinn Museum of Photography
Sound and photographic installation at the Tallinn Museum of Photography
2017

James Webb (1975) is a South African artist based in Cape Town. His 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’s practice employs a variety of media including audio, installation and text, referencing aspects of the conceptualist and minimalist traditions, as well as his academic studies in advertising, comparative religion and theatre.
Webb has presented his work around the world at institutions such as Wanås Konst in Sweden, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, U.K., and the Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan, as well as on major international exhibitions such as the 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).
In 2012, James Webb was the subject of the survey show, MMXII, at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Recent projects include La Syzygie, a multi-dimensional reading of the Théâtre Graslin in Nantes, and the creation of Prayer (Stockholm) for Historiska, Stockholm (both 2016). His first solo exhibition in France, Hope Is A Good Swimmer, was presented at Galerie Imane Farès in Paris. In 2017, Webb participates in Tamawuj, the 13th Sharjah Biennale curated by Christine Tohme, Afriques Capitalescurated by Simon Njami at La Villette, Paris, and presents his first major work for radio, The War Of The Worlds, as part of Every Time A Ear Di Soun, curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and co-curated by Marcus Gammel for documenta 14.
More info: www.thejameswebb.com