Jimmie Durham is showing two works. The first, created for the Biennale, brings a scaffolding and CCTV cameras together in an unexpected pairing of objects with opposed uses and symbolism. The first is gleaming and factory-fresh, the standard equipment you see adorning walls being built or refurbished. The second is usually hidden, being intended to keep us under surveillance. Together they add up to a strange system: who’s building what, who’s spying on whom? Further along Durham offers "Thinking of You": a perch with an aluminium vulture on it. The bird of prey’s silhouette stands out haughtily against the light, playing the guardian of the established order more surely than all the cameras in the world.
Born in 1940 in the USA.
A sculptor, Jimmie Durham has exhibited in venues around the world, including the Whitney Biennial (1993 and 2005), Documenta IX, ICA London, Exit Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp and the Venice Biennale (1999, 01, 03, 05), among many others. Since returning to Europe in 1994, Durham’s work has focused primarily on the relationship between architecture, monumentality and national narratives. Durham is the author of numerous essays and in 1993 Kala Press published an anthology, A Certain Lack of Coherence. In 2009, on the occasion of Durham’s retrospective at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Pierres rejetées, a catalogue of Durham’s work in Europe was published.
Les oeuvres exposées :
Thinking of You
The Biennale of Lyon is a Les Biennales de Lyon event