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Jimmie Durham (1940 USA - 2021 Berlin, Germany) was one of the most important contemporary artists. His practice spans many media, including drawing, collage, photography, performance, video, as well as writing, being best known for his sculptural constructions, often made from natural materials and found objects, addressing the political and social powers, injustices, and absurdities that shape our world.
Since Jimmie Durham's participation in an art project of Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt on Alexanderplatz / Berlin in the year 2000, Universes in Universe keeps informing about his work in several articles and visual tours through exhibitions. This special feature offers a direct access to this material.
Jimmie Durham, 2020. © Photo: Maria Thereza Alves
I try to do work that will reach the widest possible audience, but I imagine an audience of individual persons. And, at that, I imagine persons of intelligence more than my own, with curiosity, generosity, and a willingness to engage with the work critically, as though it could be important.
I'm trying to skirt social environments. It is a part of my exile to do so, but the exile is of my brain, so that my heart can the more be home. …
When I see a piece of wood, or a dog skull, or a plastic bottle I feel a connection. Each has a political and physical history similar to mine. My only inspiration is the physical objects themselves. But for me nothing could be more complex — it is all of existence that I'm seeing, but in minute specifics.
Jimmie Durham, from a statement in 1992
Feb. – April 2022, Barbara Wien Galerie, Berlin. Homage exhibition for the recently passed artist, based on his connection to the gallery since 2000.
All the works by Jimmie Durham at 4 editions of the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, since 2003, presented in UiU.
Several works presented in Karlsaue Park at documenta 13, 2012, in Kassel, Germany. Artistic director: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
The Goslar Kaiserring, one of the most renowned art prizes, was awarded in 2016 to Jimmie Durham. Information and photos of the exhibition.