How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

136 m

Durham, Jimmie

°1940
Born in US
Based in Berllin, DE

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