British artist Isaac Julien is known for his multiple-screen video installations. Four of the works that he created throughout the last decade are now on display at SESC Pompeia / Videobrasil in São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition is entitled Geopoetics and refers to the deep connection between artistic image and the way it positions itself in the world. Curated by Solange Farkas, it aims to show two central aspects of Isaac Julien’s work: His deep concern with cultural identity, social issues and politics, and his thorough attention to formal aspects. Geopoetics is Isaac Julien’s first solo show in Brazil.
Isaac Julien was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. After graduating from St Martin’s School of Art in 1984, where he studied painting and fine art film, Isaac Julien founded Sankofa Film and Video Collective (1983–1992), and was a founding member of Normal Films in 1991.
Isaac Julien: Geopoetics. Solo exhibition at SESC Pompeia / Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil. Opening reception, September 3, 2012. Video by Daniel Rubim.
The Cinema Effect: Realisms at Caixa Forum Madrid is an exhibition that reflects on the influence and impact of cinema in constructing our visual culture, highlighting how cinematographic language has taken on various artistic forms including video and installation art. The show features work by Julian Rosefeldt (Lonely Planet, 2006); Isaac Julien (Fantôme Créole, 2005); Runa Islam (Tuin, 1998); Kerry Tribe (Double, 2001); Paul Chan (1st Light, 2005); Omer Fast (Godville, 2005); Mungo Thomson (New York, New York, New York, New York, 2004); and Ian Charlesworth (John, 2005).
The Cinema Effect is a two-part show that takes place in Madrid (Realisms) and Barcelona (Dreams, opens in May 2011). The show has been curated by Kerry Brougher, Anne Ellegood, Kelly Gordon, and Kristen Hileman.
The Cinema Effect: Realisms at Caixa Forum Madrid. Private view, February 15, 2011.
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Like most of the museums and collections in Miami, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach opened a new exhibition on the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach week. This year the museum presented the exhibition Isaac Julien / Creative Caribbean Network. The show features the US premiere of Isaac Julien’s installation Ten Thousand Waves along with films and photographs from the earlier series Paradise Omeros, Baltimore and Vagabondia. The exhibition runs through March 6, 2011.
Isaac Julien’s nine-screen film installation “Ten Thousand Waves” had its world premiere at the Sydney Biennale in May 2010. It was conceived and made over four years, and shot on location in China. For the project, Isaac Julien collaborated with the Chinese artists Maggie Cheung, Zhao Tao, Wang Ping, Gong Fagen, Yang Fudong, and Zhao Xiaoshi. The film’s original musical score is by Jah Wobble and The Chinese Dub Orchestra and contemporary classical composer Maria de Alvear. The work poetically weaves together stories linking China’s ancient past and present. Through an architectural installation, the work explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys. Press release and photo gallery after the jump.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a not-for-profit institution in Miami dedicated to the presentation of exhibitions and educational programs that explore contemporary art and culture. Until April 2009 the Collection presents a new exhibition. On display are Magdalena Abakanowicz’ Hurma, an epic figurative environment by the Polish sculptor; Isaac Julien’s Western Union: Small Boats, a video installation on migration and the hope for a better life; George Osodi’s Oil Rich Niger Delta, a photographic essay on the people of Nigeria; and Photography and Sculpture: A Correlated Exhibition (new and vintage photography linked to contemporary sculpture).
This exhibition walk-through shows other new acquisitions like “Os Musicos” by Os Gemeos, “Derwish 2″ by Jennifer Steinkamp, and “Bale Varient No. 0012″ by Shinique Smith, and the photo series “The Hyena Men of Nigeria” by Pieter Hugo.
Also on display: An exhibition that presents a limited edition portfolio with 10 photographs to beneft the Lotus Endowment Fund. The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami / Florida. December 1, 2008.
During our stay in Madrid we not only visited ARCO, Madrid’s international fair for contemporary art. We were also invited to take part of a gallery crawl, organized by the tourist offices of Spain and Madrid. Our first stop was Galería Helga de Alvear where we saw Isaac Julien’s “Western Union: Small Boats”, an exhibition who’s topic is African migrants trying to enter Europe. Isaac Julien’s “Small Boats” is the final part in a trilogy of audiovisual installations opening with “True North” (2004) and continued with “Fantôme Afrique” (2005). The exhibition runs until March 15, 2008. Talking with our group of journalists from all parts of the world, Helga de Alvear finds clear words about gallery work and ARCO’s strategy. Galería Helga de Alvear, February 15, 2008.