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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The Center of the World o...
Jimmie Durham, The Center of the World or How to get at Chalma, 1997. Installation.
Jimmie Durham, Rocks Encouraged, 2010. Installation, petrified wood, text, variable dimensions.
The Second Particle Wave ...
Jimmie Durham, Robert Blackson, Candice Hopkins, The Second Particle Wave Theory, 2005. Book, 26 cm x 21 cm.
The Vitrine of Childish D...
Jimmie Durham, The Vitrine of Childish Delights, 2001. Installation, glass vitrine, shells, seeds, wood, 85 x 75 x 25 cm.
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25 May 2007 - 28 July 2007.
This exhibition was part of a partnership project that involves the Atelier Calder at Saché and the Château d’Oiron. The works on view in the
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 -
Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Read a New York Times' article about the 1993 edition of the biennial here.
18 April 2009 - 21 June 2009.
Transmission Interrupted was a group exhibition with work from fourteen artists about alternative forms of representing the world.
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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’
"For my show in November , I wanted to engage the New York art world specifically about its current events, including my place in those
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