Jimmie Durham is an American-born sculptor, essayist and poet currently living in Europe. He has been active in theatre, performance and literature and was a prominent figure in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. He served as a political organizer in the American Indian Movement from 1973-1980. He was the Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and representative at the United Nations and the Director of the Foundation for the Community of Artists (FCA) New York City from 1981-1983. He has lived and worked all over the world including in the United States, Switzerland and Mexico. His poetry has been published in Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry and various small magazines. His book of poems, Columbus Day, was published by West End Press in 1983. His essays and articles have appeared in Los Angeles Times, Art Forum, Black Scholar and Third Text among others. His work has be exhibited in Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Gent, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, ICA London, Documenta in Kassel, Hamburg Kunstverein, FRAC in Reims, Wittgenstein Haus in Vienna, Whitney Biennial, Kunstverein in Munich, Venice Biennale, among others. In 2009 Jimmie Durham had a survey at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and participated at the Lyon Biennal.
Pole to Mark the Centre of the World (at Winnipeg), 2010
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