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Photograph by Graeme Robertson

Artist Talk: Isaac Julien

Geopoetics: Choreographing the Moving Image

Thursday, January 26, 2017 ● 6:30 pm


Isaac Julien’s film practice incorporates different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting, and sculpture. In this lecture, Julien will discuss how he unites them to create a unique poetic visual language and topography in audio-visual film installations. Reflecting upon new filmic cultural techniques, Julien will present his take on the migration of images across the genealogies of moving images in an art and filmic context.

Julien's WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, 2007, is in the Albright-Knox's collection and was on view at the museum in 2011 as part of Videosphere: A New Generation. Julien is this year's WBFO Visiting Professor in the Arts at the University at Buffalo.

About Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien is a Turner prize–nominated artist and filmmaker. Earlier works include Young Soul Rebels, 1991, which was awarded the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston, 1989, and Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, 1996. Julien has pioneered a form of multi-screen installations with works such as Western Union: Small Boats, 2007, TenThousand Waves, 2010, and Playtime: Kapital, 2014.

Julien was a participant in the 56th Biennale di Venezia organized by Okwui Enwezor in 2015. His work is included in the collections of institutions around the world. In 2013, a monographic survey of his career to date, Riot, was published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Julien is currently producing a new work that is a poetic meditation on aspects of the life and architecture of Lina Bo Bardi, entitled The Seven Faces of Lina Bo Bardi. The first chapter of this work, Stones Against Diamonds, was shown during the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Art Basel, and Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015. Julien is Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London.

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