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Jimmie Durham - Biography

Jimmie Durham, born 1940 in the USA, is an artist, essayist and poet since the early 60s. He studied art starting in 1969 at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. During the 70s he was a leading political activist of the American Indian Movement and founder of the International Indian Treaty Council and representative to the United Nations.

Durham’s works often, but not exclusively, challenge the idea of architecture, monumental works and narration of national identities by deconstructing those stereotypes and prejudices on which the Western culture is based.

Durham has taken part in numerous international exhibitions such as Documenta (1992, 2012), Whitney Biennial of New York (1993, 2003, 2014) and the Venice Biennial (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2013). Besides multiple shows at different Museums like Museum Ludwig in Cologne, ICA in London, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Madre Museum in Napoli, retrospectives of his oeuvre were shown at MuHKA in Antwerp (2012) and Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009). In 2003 Jimmie Durham was the special guest of the ninth edition of the Furla Art Award with the creation of the graphic design Add Fire.

1993 A Certain Lack of Coherence, collected essays, Kala Press, London
2014 Waiting To Be Interrupted, collected essays, Mousse Publishing, Milano
1985 Columbus Day, a book of poems, West End Press, Albuquerque.
2012 Poems That Do Not Go Together, a book of poems, Wiens Verlag and Edition Hansjörg Mayer.

Further publications:
1996 Der Verführer und der Steinerne Gast, Springer, Vienna
1998 Between the Furniture and the Building: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Walter König,
2001 Stoneheart, CCA, Kitakyushyu
2004 Jimmie Durham, Edizione Charta, Milano
2005 The Second Particle Wave Theory, University of Sunderland and the Banff Centre
1995 Jimmie Durham, a comprehensive survey of his art, Phaidon
2009 catalogue Pierres rejetées, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (retrospective)
2012 catalogue A Matter of Life and Death and Singing, MuHKA Antwerp (retrospective)

(From press information)

Jimmie Durham:
Venice: Objects, Work and Tourism

6 May - 20 September 2015

Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Carlo Scarpa Area and Museum
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, 30122 Venice

Curator: Chiara Bertola

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