‘Jimmie Durham & A Stick in the Forest by the Side of the Road’ is the outcome of a collective undertaking that came about from Jimmie Durham who gathered together a group of artists in 2021 to form “a community on the road” and contribute in collaboration with him to documenta fifteen in Kassel in 2022.
Durham did not expect the members of the collective —Bev Koski, Elisa Strinna, Hamza Badran, Iain Chambers, Joen Vedel, Jone Kvie, Maria Thereza Alves, and Wilma Lukatsch — to elaborate a single work or theme.
Instead, they would share knowledge, empathy, and humour and leave open the possibility that their different contributions could entwine.
The writing, images and perspectives found in this volume, including essays by authors also invited by the collective to contribute, reflect their heterogenous genesis in artistic processes, critical pedagogy and multiple cultural practices.
Brought together under a common commitment to the rejuvenation of inherited languages in the arts and contemporary culture, the authors have sought in their different ways to sustain proposals whose poetics suggest, stimulate and sustain the politics of inhabiting the planet in a radically diverse fashion.
This booklet is published on the occasion of ‘Jimmie Durham & A Stick in the Forest by the Side of the Road’, 18 Jun – 25 Sep, documenta fifteen (Kassel).