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Jimmie Durham, Language is a tool for communication, like a city, or a brain, 1992, lithograph, 56.5 × 75.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City.

not a device that one must devise

Thinking about writing through Jimmie Durham

As a part of his artistic practice, Jimmie Durham has produced an impressive body of writing, which includes poetry, essays and other critical texts. As editor and art writer Jean Fisher once observed, Durham’s writing is both “deceptively casual” in form while demonstrating “a complexity that persistently defers our demand for easy interpretation.” Both unassuming and conceptually complex, Durham regularly employs ambiguity, humour and other playful linguistic devices. Through his writing, Durham seeks to disrupt conventional thought, subvert colonial narratives and histories and open conceptual space for new modes of thinking.

not a device that one must devise brings together local authors, writers and poets to share words and ideas inspired by Jimmie Durham’s practice.

not a device that one must devise

Thinking about writing through Jimmie Durham

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