Jimmy Robert

  • Born 1975 in Guadeloupe, France.
  • Based in Berlin, Germany.

Jimmy Robert’s work explores the politics of spectatorship by reworking seminal avant-garde performances in ways that complicate their racial and gendered readings. Placing the identity and representation of the black body at the center of his approach since the early 2000s, it is often the body and voice of the artist himself that are presented, in installations mixing writing, poetry, dance, movement and images.

Robert, trained in visual arts at Goldsmiths in London and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, has exhibited at WIELS in Brussels, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the Yokohama Triennale (2008; Japan). Recent solo exhibitions and performances include KW Institute for Contemporary Art (2019; Germany), Museum M (2015; Belgium), The Power Plant (2013 ; Canada), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012; USA), Jeu de Paume (2012; France) and Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009; Japan). Robert was the subject of a mid-career survey at Nottingham Contemporary in 2020.The exhibition traveled to Museion Bolzano (Italy) and CRAC Occitanie (France) in 2021.

  • Reprise, 2010
  • Collection of Centre National des Arts Plastique, France
  • Courtesy of the artist; Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam; and Tanya Leighton, Berlin and Los Angeles.