Jimmy Robert, installation view, Joie Noire, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling. Courtesy of the artist; Stitger Van Doesburg, Amsterdam; and Tanya Leighton, Berlin
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Why Words Now :

Jimmy Robert

18 May 2021 06.00 PM - 08.00 PM
Det Kgl. Danske Kunstakademi Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen

Art Hub & The School of Sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to present WHY WORDS NOW - the format that tests and probes the paradoxical overabundance of words in the field of visual arts.

For this sixth edition of Why Words Now, we welcome artist Jimmy Robert.

Jimmy Robert’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses performance, photography, film and collage, frequently collapsing distinctions between these mediums. Robert's interest in how the body can be personified through materials and the reverse is a force that integrates his longtime work with performance with his larger practice.

Robert has choreographed performance within exhibition spaces, in relation to existing architectural structures, as well as restaging, reframing or sampling historical performances. The frequent citation of moments from art history, film and literature is characteristic of his deeply layered narratives.


Join us at the School of Sculpture, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Tuesday, May 18, at 6pm.

Registration via Due to Covid-19, a limited number of seats are available, and to participate you must bring a valid ‘COVID passport’.

The lecture will be in English.

Why Words Now is curated by artist and academy professor Simon Dybbroe Møller, and independent curator and PhD student at Aarhus University Helga Just Christoffersen.


Jimmy Robert was born in Guadeloupe (FR) in 1975 and currently lives and works in Berlin. Recent performances include: Joie Noire which premiered in 2019 at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin and traveled to Kaaitheater, Brussels; and Imitation of Lives, a co-commission between Performa and The Glass House for Performa 17.

Robert’s work has been presented at Tate Britain, London; MoMA, New York and Migros Museum, Zurich. Recent solo exhibitions include Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Power Plant, Toronto; Museum M, Leuven and La Synagogue De Delme, France. Robert’s mid-career survey at Nottingham Contemporary in 2020 will travel to Museion, Bolzano and CRAC Occitanie, Sète.

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