Jimmie Durham is an American artist, performer, poet, and an activist of the American Indian Movement advocating for human rights of indigenous communities. One of the most influential voices in the contemporary world of art, he explores the complex relationships between a human being, technology and nature from different cultural perspectives. His name is associated with the major and the most prestigious group exhibitions, such as Documenta or Venice Biennale, as well as many solo exhibitions in the world’s most acclaimed art institutions.
Durham is an artist whose rich and versatile artistic practice combines sculpture, drawing, collage, printmaking, painting, photography, video, performance, and poetry. Sculptures made of wood, glass, metal, plastics or stone in combination with animal parts earned him the highest international acclaim. Jimmie Durham questions current standards of human - animal relations. He contrasts the convenient sterile urban environment with elusive enchantment that accompanies meeting a wild animal at large, in its natural habitat which, as the artist argues, has been irreversibly altered by strong fists and feet of the human being.