From September 23, 2023, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will show the first survey exhibition of the British artist Isaac Julien (*1960 in London, lives and works in London and Santa Cruz/California) in Germany in its Haus für Gegenwartskunst K21. It is a groundbreaking body of work that pushes the boundaries of film and art with expansive cinematographic installations.
Julien’s cinematic imagination, critical thinking, and activist engagement with decolonial aesthetics are expressed in his early films of the 1980s as well as in the extraordinary film images of his major, internationally acclaimed film installations of the last 20 years. Radically political and highly aesthetic at the same time, the works revisit overlooked archival footage and bring forgotten subjects to the fore. Using poetry, dance, aesthetics, architecture and music, Julien explores the possibilities of film as a medium and breaks through …
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Image above: Isaac Julien, Freedom / Diasporic Dream-Space No. 1 (Once Again…Statues Never Die), 2022 Inkjet print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag Framed: 273 x 183 x 5.6 cm (107 1/2 x 72 x 2 1/4 in) © Isaac Julien, Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro