Jimmy Durham is a world famous artist, activist and writer. He was active in the United States in the civil rights movements of African Americans and Native Americans in the 1960s and 1970s, serving on the central council of the American Indian Movement (AIM). His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, installation, performance art, video art, photography and drawing and can be seen as a continuation of his political activism. With the help of objects, images and words he reveals the prejudices of the West-centric worldview and expresses alternative, non-Western ways of thinking.
Maria Theresa Alves and Jimmie Durham are both artists with their own distinguished artistic career, with very different topics of attention and modes of realisation. They are an artist couple and their video work is more intimately intertwined than may seem, not only because of a couple of joint video’s, but also because of Alves being the camerawoman for all of Durham’s video works.
For the Moscow biennial they presented a joint program, with both some of their most well-known video’s – such as Durham’s spaghetti western ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ starring Anri Sala - and some that have rarely been presented.
Credits (c)image: Maria Theresa Alves