Jimmie Durham at the Center of the World
Exhibition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
Artist, performer, poet, essayist, and activist Jimmie Durham is one of the most compelling, inventive, and multifaceted artists working internationally today.
After studying art in Geneva and working for the American Indian Movement for several years, Durham became an active participant in the vibrant New York City art scene in the 1980s before emigrating to Mexico and then to Europe.
Since then, he has largely chosen not to exhibit in the US for reasons at once personal, political, an practical. Even so, his work is meaningfully connected to important activities, movements, and genres of American artistic production, as well as to the country’s colonial history and political struggles.