Jimmie Durham: Decentring the World | esse arts + opinions

Jimmie Durham: Decentring the World

86 - 2018

From 1973 to 1980, Cherokee artist Jimmie Durham interrupted his art career to defend the rights of indigenous peoples within the United Nations. This experience with international relations led him to conclude that geopolitics is always conditioned by the supremacy of politics over geography. In his installations, Durham questions this imbalance by critically examining the master narratives of nation-states and supranational entities (Building a Nation, 2006; The History of Europe, 2012) and by relativizing, to the extreme, the relationship between centre and periphery (The Center of the World or How to get at Chalma, 1997).
[Translated from the French by Louise Ashcroft]

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