Isaac Julien

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About the Artist

Isaac Julien is as acclaimed for his fluent, arresting films as 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 Focus

Tate Shots: Isaac Julien

 

In this Tate Shots film, the artist discusses three key works across his career: Looking for Langston (1989) is a lyrical exploration, and recreation, of the private world of poet, novelist and playwright, Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists from the Harlem Renaissance. Playtime (2014) follows six characters: the Artist, the Hedge Fund Manager, the Auctioneer, the House Worker, the Art Dealer, and the Reporter, exploring how each is affected by capital and the global financial crisis. The work also exists as a seven-screen installation. Ten Thousand Waves (2010) poetically explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys, and also exists as a nine-screen installation.

 

Isaac Julien will be in conversation with Nicholas Cullinan as part of Frieze Masters Talks. The new, digitally-remastered 2K version of Isaac Julien and Mark Nash’s Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask receives its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. Julien is also taking part in the 2017 Serpentine Galleries Marathon. Screenings of Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston take place at MoMA, New York on 7 & 15 October.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

18 May - 29 July 2017

Isaac Julien: “I dream a world” Looking for Langston

Isaac Julien’s seminal work Looking for Langston (1989/2017) is the focus of this exhibition of newly-conceived, large-scale and silver gelatin photographic works and archival material.
Victoria Miro Gallery II
23 September - 5 November 2016

Protest

Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
24 January - 1 March 2014

Isaac Julien

PLAYTIME (Seven Screen Installation)
Isaac Julien's PLAYTIME is an ambitious new body of work exploring the dramatic and nuanced subject of capital. Featuring the world premiere of a seven-screen installation at Victoria Miro Wharf Road, and accompanying photographic works at Victoria Miro Mayfair. View...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
24 January - 1 March 2014

Isaac Julien

PLAYTIME (Photographic Works)
Isaac Julien's PLAYTIME is an ambitious new body of work exploring the dramatic and nuanced subject of capital. Featuring the world premiere of a seven-screen installation at Victoria Miro Wharf Road, and accompanying photographic works at Victoria Miro Mayfair. View...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
7 October - 13 November 2010

Isaac Julien

Ten Thousand Waves
Isaac Julien's critically acclaimed, nine screen film installation TEN THOUSAND WAVES - starring Maggie Cheung, the legendary siren of Chinese cinema - is to receive its London premiere at the Hayward Gallery on 13 October, as part of the exhibition...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
14 October - 12 November 2005

Isaac Julien

True North & Fantôme Afrique
This October, Victoria Miro Gallery will present the UK premiere of True North and Fantôme Afrique, two audiovisual installations by celebrated artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, alongside associated photographic series. Developing Julien's preoccupation with notions and expressions of diaspora, the...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
9 September - 11 October 2003

Isaac Julien

Paradise Omeros and Baltimore
'Few artists have cut as impressive a swathe between structural and narrative film as the British artist, Isaac Julien. His film installations effortlessly alternate between the specific and the elliptical, the documentary and disorienting visual effects, creating a dazzling crisscrossing...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
11 - 29 September 2000

Isaac Julien

After Mazatlan
The Victoria Miro Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Isaac Julien which were made in collaboration with Hare and Hound Press during Julien’s recent residency at ArtPace in Texas. His film installation, The Long Road to...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000

Raw

Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
17 November - 22 December 1999

Form Film

Group Exhibition
Doug Aitken, The Complete Arthole, Isaac Julien, Abigail Lane, Tracey Moffatt, Hadrian Pigott, Steven Pippin from film explores the power of the single image, often suggesting a complex narrative, more associated with painting. The artist allows the viewer to spend...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
10 - 30 September 1999

Isaac Julien

Three
Known mainly for his work in cinema, Three is the most recent of Isaac Julien's works to be made specifically for a gallery context, combining a full screening of the film with three looped sequences back-projected side by side and...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
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