Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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Anna Daneri, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Roberto Pinto, Stefano Boeri, Jimmie Durham, Mario Fortunato, Cesare Pietroiusti, Jimmie Durham, 2004. Book, 20,9 cm x 14,6 cm, 158 p.
Self-Portrait Pretending ...
Jimmie Durham, Maria Thereza Alves, Self-Portrait Pretending to Be my Mother as Played by Isabel Perera, 2006. Photography, ink, paper, variable dimensions.
The Second Particle Wave ...
Jimmie Durham, Robert Blackson, Candice Hopkins, The Second Particle Wave Theory, 2005. Book, 26 cm x 21 cm.
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Jimmie Durham - Pierres r...
30 January 2009 - 12 April 2009.
This exhibition was a retrospective of Jimmie Durham's (European) work after 1994. The title was taken from the expression "stone rejected b
Jimmie Durham - Stoneheart
30 October 2000 - 17 November 2000.
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JIMMIE DURHAM ENSEMBLE
This ensemble and digital application is an outcome of M HKA’s extensive long-term research in the oeuvre of Jimmie Durham and starts with an
Installations and Public ...
In the list of works bellow you will find a selection of installations and works of Jimmie Durham made for public space.
Stone as stone
Most of nature is stone; stone is everywhere. However, presenting stones as art is something else. “Well, you have to help stones”, says Jimm
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public