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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Arc de Triomphe for Perso...
Jimmie Durham, Arc de Triomphe for Personal Use (Grey), 2007. Sculpture, wood, paint, 150 x 100 x 100 cm.
mishap in the jungle. The...
Jimmie Durham, mishap in the jungle. The rest of them were mostly Indians: tough young fellows with wiry strength and impassive faces. The whitest, 1993. Sculpture, plywood, paper, paint, 6 1/4 x 31 x 1 1/8 inch.
Jimmie Durham: Interviewe...
Jimmie Durham, Jimmie Durham: Interviewed by Mark Gisbourne, 1994. Text.
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25 September 2007.
Solo exhibition in a Berlin church in collaboration with the Brazilian composer Silvia Ocougne.
18 November 1995.
The exhibition Resurrection was made in collaboration with Stella Lohaus in Antwerp. Jimmie Durham exhibited the installation with the same n
Jimmie Durham – A Matter ...
25 May 2012 - 18 November 2012.
In the spring of 2012, the M HKA brought a major retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham. The US-born artist settled permanently in Europe
The Encyclopedic Palace
01 June 2013 - 24 November 2013.
The Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), curated by Massimilliano Gioni, will be laid out in the Central Pavilion (
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"Throwing stones at man-made objects, or dropping boulders on them, is not like May ‘68; it’s not even an echo. For me, it is more like a mim
Performance, Video and Se...
"In general, there’s not much place for performance now. It looks like the sixties too much, it feels like the sixties did, it feels like it’
The Center of The World
"[The project] began quite slowly, in Mexico, where I did live close to the centre of the world, which was an actual tree. When you go to tha
Luc Deleu, AMVK, Ria Pacquée, Ilya Kabakov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Goshka Macuga, Allan Sekula, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Yang Zhenzhong