The Pursuit of Happiness


Jimmie DurhamMaria Thereza Alves


Video, 00:12:00.
Materials: 35 mm, dvd

Collection: Courtesy of the artist and Zerynthia, Rome.

A young man collects garbage from the ground in what looks like an American highway. Next, we see the same garbage pieces assembled on collages hanging on the walls of a gallery during a vernissage. The young man collects two big chunks of money from the gallerist, burns up his trailer and boards on a plane to France.

The Pursuit of Happiness is listed as one of three "unalienable rights" in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, together with “life” and “liberty”.

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