James Webb

Scream (Guernica) (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

Scream (Guernica) (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

Artist's Statement

This artwork involved an intervention at Spain’s National Gallery, the Reina Sofia, in Madrid. I invited the museum guards to individually scream at Picasso’s Guernica. The scream, the first sound made by a human upon entering the world, symbolically awakens the painting and allows us to re-imagine the work and meditate on themes evoked in the meeting of the sound and the picture. The action also serves to explore issues pertaining to the political significance of the painting and its art-historical status, as well as notions of ownership, appreciation and the very concept of a ‘masterpiece.’

Artist's Biography

Born: Kimberley, 1975. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received his BA in Drama & Comparative Religion from the University of Cape Town in 1996 and his Diploma in Copywriting from The Red & Yellow School in 1999. Major exhibitions; 3rd Arts In Marrakech Biennale, Morocco; Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy; 9th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France.