Julien’s seminal 1989 work is on view (from 28 May 2022) at Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil. Blending poetry and images, Julien draws on a lyrical exploration of the private world of Langston Hughes and the fellow Black artists and writers who shaped the Harlem Renaissance.
'In 1954, Langston Hughes exchanged letters with Abdias Nascimento, authorizing the Experimental Negro Theater to stage his plays. In this sense, Hughes, Nascimento and Isaac Julien, each at their own time, sought representation and recognition of Black artistic and intellectual production,' explains Julieta González, Artistic Director of Inhotim.
Image: Isaac Julien, The Last Angel of History (Looking for Langston Vintage Series), 1989/2016
© Isaac Julien
Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro