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Jimmy Robert, 2021 Photo: Roman Goebel. Courtesy of the artist; Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam and Tanya Leighton, Berlin and Los Angeles

Artist Talk – Jimmy Robert

2.6 2023


With starting point in the ongoing exhibition “Asymmetrical Grammar”, curator Andreas Nilsson talks with artist Jimmy Robert about his artistry.

Jimmy Robert’s work explores the political in observation, questioning established conceptions, and opens up for interpretation from multiple points of view. A recurring feature is how meaning is created in the relationship between place, body, and artwork, where all parts appear equally active. His work also poses questions about how a movement can be preserved and how it can be presented in an exhibition context.

About Jimmy Robert

Jimmy Robert was born in 1975 in Guadeloupe. He was educated at Goldsmiths College in London and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Currently he lives in Berlin, where he is also a professor of sculpture and performance at the Universität der Künste. Robert has had recent solo exhibitions at institutions such as Künstlerhaus Bremen (2022), Museion in Bolzano (2021), and Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham (2020). He has presented large-scale performances at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2019), Performa 17 in New York (2017), and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in the Synagogue de Delme, France (2016).