This landmark group exhibition (1 December 2021–3 April 2022) explores the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other artists whose work has been influenced and inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage.
This exhibition celebrates how people from the Caribbean have forged new communities and identities in post-war Britain – and in doing so have transformed what British culture and society looks like today.
Speaking to Tate Etc about the making of his 2002 work Paradise Omeros, Isaac Julien explains, 'The oceanic is a recurring motif or theme in my work. My connection to it relates to my own family history – both my parents were from Saint Lucia. Filming there to make Paradise Omeros 2002 was like returning to a primal scene, and to the sea as a kind of primal space. It bears trauma but also possibilities, and also translates those lives and archipelago stories into a bigger story for the 20th and 21st centuries – one based around movement and subjectivities.'
Image: Isaac Julien, Paradise Omeros, 2002, installed at Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, 2002
© Isaac Julien
Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice