1940 - 2021
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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Jimmie Durham, Maria Thereza Alves, Painted Self-Portrait, 2007. Photography, acrylic, marker, ink, colour photograph, 83 x 60.5 cm.
The Center of the World a...
Jimmie Durham, The Center of the World at Middelburg, 1995. Installation, mixed media, variable dimensions.
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Jimmie Durham - Bestiary
06 September 2006 - 07 October 2006.
In the middle-ages, a Bestiary was a collection of tales about the curious nature of animals, and sometimes also of plants and stones. In man
Elements and Material fro...
29 April 2006 - 01 July 2006.
In this exhibition Jimmie Durham showed assemblages, sculptures and objects from his studio in Grunewald in Berlin. He had been working there
25 May 2013 - 20 October 2013.
The exhibiton Le Pont aims to give visibility to artists from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. At the same time, this show wor
Unrest of Form. Imagining...
11 May 2013 - 16 July 2013.
How can the art of today foster resistance against economic structures in which it participates itself? Behind the facades of spaces conceive
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Drawings, Display and oth...
This ensemble is a selection of Jimmie Durham’s works using two-dimensional support, including drawings, paintings, photographs and other art
Against Architecture, Aga...
“Architecture makes you believe that it is the city when in fact our intellectuality and our desire for freedom is the city. Architecture say
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe for Personal Use is a collapsable and portable arch that is made of wood with metal hinges and bolts. It can be easily assemb