Self-Portrait Pretending to be Haim Steinbach as Played by Haim Steinbach

About Jimmie Durham

An internationally acclaimed artist, activist, and writer, Jimmie Durham draws upon his Native American heritage to create potent works that challenge and deconstruct Western hegemony. Durham, a Cherokee, was involved in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and served as a political organizer for the American Indian Movement. His artistic practice—which encompasses sculpture, installation, drawing, video, performance, and photography—can be seen as an extension of his political activism. Through objects, images, and words, he reveals the prejudices and assumptions of a Western-centric view of the world and gives voice to alternative, non-Western modes of thought. For example, in many of his works he uses stones to crush cars, furniture, or articles of clothing, subverting the historical Western paradigm of conquering nature through civilization and technological advancement

American, b. 1940, Washington, Arkansas, based in Berlin and Rome

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Concrete Islands, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
2015
Fifteen Years, SPROVIERI, London
2015
Jimmie Durham: Various Items and Complaints, Serpentine Galleries, London
2015
REVUE 25, Christine König Galerie, Vienna

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Jimmie Durham: Various Items and Complaints, Serpentine Galleries, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Concrete Islands, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
2015
Fifteen Years, SPROVIERI, London
2015
REVUE 25, Christine König Galerie, Vienna
2009
EXPostition of mythology – ELectronic technology, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
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