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.
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.