Courtesy of the artist; Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam and Tanya Leighton, Berlin and Los Angeles; Photography: Roman Goebel

Jimmy Robert


Jimmy Robert (1975) places identity and the representation of black bodies at the heart of his work which engages with questions of desire, the gaze, the vulnerability of people as well as their absence. He creates installations that combine writing, poetry, dance and images in which he draws on references from the Nouveau Roman to the feminist and queer movements in order to refute language’s claims to neutrality and universality. It is an approach that he refers to as “positioning”, one not only physical but intellectual, and which allows him to reveal the ways in which the world is socially constructed.