Exhibitions — June 8, 2022

Elisa Strinna at documenta fifteen

As part of the Collective Jimmie Durham & A Stick in the Forest by the Side of the Road documenta fifteen

18 June, 2022 until 25 September, 2022

At documenta fifteen, Elisa Strinna presents two works that are part of her ongoing research project People will miss the Earth, exploring the consequences of extreme warming temperatures and the relationship between Valeriana Officinalis’ roots with the human nervous system to treat isolation pathologies.

About the Collective ‘Jimmie Durham & A Stick in the Forest by the Side of the Road’

Jimmie Durham (1940–2021) was an artist, poet, and writer who lived in Europe. From the early 1960s he was politically active in the American civil rights movement and began to work as a sculptor in 1964. In the 1970s, he was a co-founder and chairman of the International Indian Treaty Council at the United Nations, where his and others’ work led to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Jimmie Durham & A Stick in the Forest by the Side of the Road is a collective that came about from the idea of Jimmie Durham to gather together a group of artists to form “a community on the road” and to contribute in collaboration with him to documenta fifteen.

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 humor. On his last night, Durham said, “What a world we live in, a stick in the forest.” After his death, the collective decided to make his absence part of the working process.


documenta fifteen
documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel

Daily: 10 am – 8 pm

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