Isaac Julien is a British artist and filmmaker. His work draws from and comments on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, to create a unique poetic visual language in audio visual film installations.Read More
Julien is represented in museum and private collections throughout the world, including the Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Brandhorst Museum, Munich.
His early work, Looking for Langston (1989) won several awards including the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1991 his debut feature film, Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán, (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). In the same year, he received the Eugene McDermott Award from MIT in Massachusetts, USA: other recipients include artist Bill Viola. His acclaimed 5-screen installation, ‘WESTERN UNION: small boats’ (2007) has been shown at Metro Pictures, New York; Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Warsaw; and also opened the new Museum Brandhorst in Munich in 2009. In 2007 he made Cast No Shadow – a collaboration with Russell Maliphant – at Sadler’s Wells, London and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York as part of PERFORMAO7. In 2008, Julien collaborated with Tilda Swinton on a biopic about Derek Jarman simply entitled Derek. The film received a Special Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival; the Documentary Prize at the 34th Seattle International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Isaac Julien’s 9-screen film installation Ten Thousand Waves, premiered at the Biennale of Sydney in May. His iconic 3-screen film installation Baltimore was included in the exhibition: Centre Pompidou Video Art 1965-2005 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2006.
Isaac Julien lives and works in London. He has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 2007.
Text courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
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