The artist, poet and activist Jimmie Durham (* 1940 USA, lives in Berlin, Germany.) began to work as a sculptor in 1964 and at the same time, in the early 1960s, was politically active in the American civil rights movement, including the rights of Native Americans. In 1973 he completed his art training in Geneva, and returned to the USA. In the 1970s, he was the co-founder and chairperson of the International Indian Treaty Council at the United Nations, where his activity led among other things to the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 1987 Durham left the USA, settling first in Mexico and in 1994 in Europe. His artistic and literary work often focuses on the relationship between history and environment, between architecture and monumentality, as well as displaying a critical attitude towards political power relationships and narrations of national identity. Durham laws a visiting professor at Malmö Art Academy and the Università Iuav in Venice.
Durham’s first solo exhibition was held in Austin/Texas in 1965. Since then, his works have been displayed at numerous exhibitions in many countries, most recently, for example at: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014; 2003; 1993); Venice Biennale (2015; 2005; 2003; 2001; 1999); Museo Madre, Naples (2001; 2008); MuHKA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2012); Swiss Institute, New York (2012); Documenta, Kassel (2012; 1992); 29. São Paulo Biennale (2010); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); Kunsthalle Bern (2010); Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2006).