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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1960, United Kingdom

Isaac Julien Biography

Isaac Julien is a multi-award winning British artist and filmmaker based in London. Julien graduated with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Fine Arts in film from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London in 1984. He shot to prominence with his 1989 drama-documentary Looking for Langston. In 1991 his film Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize for best film at the Cannes Film Festival, and he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). In 2003 he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunst Film Biennale in Cologne for his single screen version of Baltimore, and in 2008, he received a special Teddy for a film on Derek Jarman that he collaborated on with Tilda Swinton, called Derek, at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Julien has had multiple solo and group exhibitions around Europe, the United States and Asia. Solo shows at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (2005), MOCA Miami (2005), Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2006), the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (2009), Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2011), SESC Pompeia in Brazil (2012).

His film Ten Thousand Waves (2010) went on world tour, and has been on display in over 15 countries, concluding at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013/14.  Informed by his film background, Julien’s gallery and exhibition installations incorporate film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture to break down barriers between different artistic disciplines and form fractured narratives about race, globalization, and representation.

Julien is represented in both public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern; Centre Pompidou; Guggenheim Collection; Hirshhorn Collection, Albright-Knox; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Norway; Brandhorst Collection; Fundación Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Goetz Collection; the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation; LUMA Foundation; and the Zeitz Foundation.

Isaac Julien Featured Artworks

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Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac JulienLina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement, 20193-channel video installation, 40 min
Galeria Nara Roesler Enquire about this work
Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac JulienLina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement, 2019Nine screen installation, Super High Definition (4K), Colour, 9.1 Surround Sound and ash wood plinths
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
foils mounted on aludibond, KODAK Duraclear mounted onto plexi, collage of solvent inkjet print on foil by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac Julienfoils mounted on aludibond, KODAK Duraclear mounted onto plexi, collage of solvent inkjet print on foil, 2018foils mounted on aludibond, KODAK Duraclear mounted onto plexi, collage of solvent inkjet print on foil
84 x 110 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Enquire about this work
J.P. Ball Salon 1867 (Lessons of The Hour) by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac JulienJ.P. Ball Salon 1867 (Lessons of The Hour), 2019Gloss inkjet paper mounted on aluminium
22 7/16 x 29 15/16 inches
Metro Pictures Enquire about this work
MIDNIGHT SUN (Playtime) by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac JulienMIDNIGHT SUN (Playtime), 2013Endura Ultra Photograph
160 x 240 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves) by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac JulienMaiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010Endura Ultra photograph,
180 x 240 x 7.5 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Mazu, Silence (Ten Thousand Waves) by Isaac Julien contemporary artwork
Isaac JulienMazu, Silence (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010Endura Ultra photograph
180 x 240 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work

Isaac Julien Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Time and Space at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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16 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Time and Space Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Julien, Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement at Victoria Miro, London
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7 June–27 July 2019 Isaac Julien Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass at Metro Pictures, New York
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8 March–13 April 2019 Isaac Julien Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass Metro Pictures, New York

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Isaac Julien In Ocula Magazine

Isaac Julien Ocula Conversation Isaac Julien By Anna Dickie, London

The students of the School of the Arts in Singapore (SOTA) recently watched in reverent silence as British artist and filmmaker, Isaac Julien played clips from his fifty-minute film,  Ten Thousand Waves (2010). The work is representative of the artist’s ability to seamlessly blend fractured narratives into poetic...

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Isaac Julien In Related Press

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Artist Isaac Julien celebrates Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi on film Related Press Artist Isaac Julien celebrates Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi on film 22 June 2019, Wallpaper*

In a darkened room flashes of looming concrete walls and extruded limbs – serial images of Lina Bo Bardi's SESC Pompéia art and leisure centre in São Paulo – pulse to a score by the German-Spanish composer Maria de Alvear. The artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien and his editor Adam Finch – the room is part of Julien's David Adjaye-designed studio...

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Isaac Julien: 'It's another watershed moment for history of queer rights' Related Press Isaac Julien: 'It's another watershed moment for history of queer rights' 23 February 2018, The Guardian

The significance of this moment in time is not lost on the artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien. The London-born son of St Lucien parents, Julien, 57, has spent much of his career exploring sexuality, race and the iconography of queer history. Having just watched his home country celebrate 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised, he has...

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London exhibitions: black rights on both sides of the Atlantic and Middle Eastern spaceship diners Related Press London exhibitions: black rights on both sides of the Atlantic and Middle Eastern spaceship diners 1 September 2017, The Art Newspaper

What a show! Each section and, indeed, pretty much each individual in this rich but rigorous celebration of black artists working in the US in the 1960s and 1970s, could spin off into a separate exhibition in its own right. The various responses to the black civil rights movement and what it meant to be a black artist in this turbulent time range...

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Isaac Julien: '"I dream a world" Looking for Langston' Related Press Isaac Julien: '"I dream a world" Looking for Langston' 3 July 2017, this is tomorrow

Isaac Julien made his entrance into the art world in the late 1980s with his seminal film Looking for Langston , a contemplative celebration of black queerness. He was later awarded the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 for Young Soul Rebels , which highlighted unacknowledged racist and homophobic attitudes...

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