About the Artist
Isaac Julien is as acclaimed for his fluent, arresting films as for his vibrant and inventive gallery installations. One of the objectives of his work is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative.
In this film, presented by Shifting Vision, Isaac Julien revisits his visionary ten-screen installation Lessons of the Hour in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lessons of the Hour was made in 2019. It contemplates the life and spirit of Frederick Douglass in relation to contemporaneity. Douglass was a prolific orator, writer, abolitionist, collector, former slave, and the most photographed person in the United States during his lifetime. In conversation with Shifting Vision, Julien discusses Lessons of the Hour, its conception and influences, and the ways in which it has been examined in light of the reinvigorated Black Lives Matter movement.
Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro
An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.
A meditation on the iconic work and extraordinary legacy of the visionary modernist architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992).