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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Nothing Works Out Right (...
Jimmie Durham, Maria Thereza Alves, Nothing Works Out Right (Except Sometimes Almost), 1994. Text.
Untitled (performance at ...
Jimmie Durham, Untitled (performance at Reykjavik Experiment Marathon), 2008. Performance.
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Jimmie Durham - Caliban
07 November 1992 - 05 December 1992.
For this exhibition, the gallery Nicole Klagsbrun in New York was split into two sides: anti-art and art. Durham incorporated Shakespeare’s c
22 January 2010 - 02 May 2010.
The exhibition Animism approaches the concept of animism - coined by 19th century anthropologists in the context of the colonial encounter -
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
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"Artists now work with what is called conceptual methods and supposedly don’t use objects. But you can’t not use objects. A TV monitor is an
"I can write a poem and read it to my friends or pass it around to my friends. But I write a poem to publish the poem, even if I don’t publis
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
Reflections on Cultural C...
REFLECTIONS ON CULTURAL COMPLEXITY This title originated from talks on the work of Kostis Velonis, Jimmie Durham and Danny Matthys. A