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 - Amoxohtli...
Jimmie Durham, Jimmie Durham - Amoxohtli, Libro de Carretera / A Road Book, 2011. Book, 20,9 cm x 15,8 cm.
Types of Murder Weapons, ...
Jimmie Durham, Types of Murder Weapons, by Maigret, 1993. Mixed Media, wood, metal, pvc, 61 x 61 cm.
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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
25 September 2007.
Solo exhibition in a Berlin church in collaboration with the Brazilian composer Silvia Ocougne.
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
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
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Jimmie Durham 1994 - 2012
Jimmie Durham moved to Europe in 1994 and has lived ever since in Brussels, Lisbon, Marseille, Rome and Berlin, where he is presently based (
Selection of interviews with Jimmie Durham. See also: Jimmie Durham in conversation with Bart De Baere Jimmie Durham in conversation with Di
SBKM - Stichting Beeldend...
In 2005 the collection of the Stichting voor Beeldende Kunst (SBKM-De Vleeshal) in Middelburg – a smaller institution with a previous history
Luc Deleu, AMVK, Ria Pacquée, Ilya Kabakov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Goshka Macuga, Allan Sekula, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Yang Zhenzhong