JIMMIE DURHAM A Matter of Life and Death and Singing features more than 120 works from all his creative periods. Many of his ideas and images recur in different forms at different stages of his career, so the exhibition presents ‘ensembles’ of works that are not always chronologically organised.
Our project starts from Durham’s relevance in Europe, which he prefers to think of as Eurasia and where he situates himself as ‘a homeless orphan.’ His recent work is often understood as a fundamental critique of architecture. This approach allows us to look back, with open eyes and minds, at what he actually proposed years ago. It also allows us to re-evaluate the appreciation of his work formulated in the late eighties, when the art world first started to become multipolar and culturally diverse.