Isaac Julien

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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.

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    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

    24 February - 30 April 2021

    The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

    An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.

    Victoria Miro on Vortic
    7 June - 27 July 2019

    Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement

    A meditation on the iconic work and extraordinary legacy of the visionary modernist architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992).

    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    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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