Isaac Julien

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Echo (Stones Against Diamonds)

Isaac Julien Echo (Stones Against Diamonds)

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Isaac Julien has made a career forging his own path in unchartered territory at opposite ends of the earth, beginning in London’s East End where he first befriended other artists and filmmakers making politically charged work in the 1970s. It was there that one day he stumbled into a studio and witnessed a performance piece by an artist he would later realise was Stuart Brisley, who lay in dark room submerged in a bath of black ink for approximately two hours each day for two weeks next to piles of rancid, fetid offal [And for today… nothing].

“I thought, ‘This is really odd. What are these white people doing with these peculiar activities?’ recalls Julien. “I was also quite fascinated. I wanted to do something that was going to be artistic and basically got down to the idea that film was perhaps the art form that combined a lot of different artistic interests.”

It was during a four year stint studying painting and fine art film at Central Saint Martins that Julien says he made his first serious work, Who Killed Colin Roach?, a film about a young black man who died under mysterious circumstances in a police station in North London. After making a second experimental documentary exploring the tension between black youth and white authorities at Notting Hill Carnival called Territories, Julien says he fell into a Sankofa, a black video film collective intent on pushing questions around sexuality and gender in their work until it disbanded in 1992. The year prior, Julien’s film Young Soul Rebels won what he calls “a small prize” [the Semaine de la critique prize] at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival – the first of many many major accolades in his career.

Today, Julien is one of Britain’s most influential, and critically acclaimed artists. The Turner-prize nominated artist’s pioneering multi-screen video installations and photographic works appropriate the signifiers of luxury to create immersive set pieces that interrogate global geopolitical issues. Through the powerful marriage of sound and vision, Julien’s poetic narratives reflect those of change and crisis, tracing the cartographies of displaced persons, documenting transformative cultural exchanges and confronting audiences with the fragility of nature’s economy.

Back in Australia in occasion of the unveiling of his most recent work at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery, and Julien is more intent on looking forward than reflecting on his past. It’s an interesting paradox considering his new exhibition Refuge posits a work created in 2007, WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, against one of his most recent works, Stones Against Diamonds. It’s the first time the two works have been shown together, with the earliest work making its Sydney debut having previously been shown at Brisbane’s GOMA and at Monash Museum in Melbourne.

Exhibited alongside each other, the two works take on an especially pointed meaning for Australian audiences when you consider their thematic concerns: the migration of displaced people seeking refuge in inhospitable climes.

A conceptual link between the two works comes courtesy of a shared protagonist in Vanessa Myrie, whom Julien met in the early aughts through her work in film production. In THE LEOPARD, a single-screen version of WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, Myrie plays a kind of enigmatic witness character to the migrants who travel by small fishing boats contrasted with lavish baroque interiors, brocade tapestries and chandeliers of Italy’s Palazzo Gangi.

THE LEOPARD forms the final instalment of Julien’s trilogy about transcontinental migration that also includes True North (2004) and Fantôme Afrique (2005) and meditates on the journeys people make each year in order to escape war and famine. Myrie’s presence as a protagonist links Stones Against Diamonds with WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, which is a work that takes the idea of refuge into a more contemporary understanding of what that might signify versus the more poetic exploration of the former, wherein the wilderness of Iceland and the isolated ice caves of Europe’s largest glacier become both a place of refuge and a metaphor of the unconscious.

Stones Against Diamonds is Julien’s third artistic venture into Iceland, following on from True North’s meditation on a black explorer called Matthew Henson who went to the north pole with Robert Peary in 1909 and PLAYTIME’s (2014) exploration of the Global Financial Crisis across three countries. An interest in returning to the locations where he’d previously made work coincided with Julien’s growing interest in the life and work of an Italian Brutalist architect called Lina Bo Bardi. Julien discovered the modernist’s work when he was invited to participate in a 2012 exhibition at SESC Pompeia [VideoBrasil, in São Paulo], an art centre that Bo Bardi herself designed.

By showing his work in Bo Bardi’s space, Julien says he became fascinated by her – a fascination that was compounded when he again was invited by Hans Ulrich Obrist to exhibit in Bo Bardi’s famous glass house in São Paulo. Stones Against Diamonds then takes its title from a particularly poignant letter that Bo Bardi wrote in reply to her husband’s desire to give her jewellery.

“She said, ‘I’d prefer to have semi-precious cut stones’,” Julien recounts, “and this is emblematic of her architectural practice. She grew up in Rome, hated Baroque and was into modern architecture. In Stones Against Diamonds, the cave is a sort of phantasmagorical space and several of her iconic architectural apparatus were embedded in the ice.”

The shoot itself was initially expected to take five days, and instead took Julien’s 50-person crew on a much longer 643 kilometre voyage across the Vatnajökull glacier in -30° temperatures – the extremity of the conditions only adding to the potency of the work’s concerns.

In Stones Against Diamonds, Myrie plays another kind of spectral figure clad in custom made Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto as she moves throughout the spectacular architecture of the glacier. The poetry of the piece is clear: the world’s most beautiful objects can’t be valued in conventional terms, and our truly precious places – worth more than diamonds – are being destroyed beyond repair. In relation to another extremely prophetic work like WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, questions around migration and climate change and their prominence in international debates are brought to the fore. Julien insists, however, that these are more poetic responses to these concerns, rather than polemical ones.

“There’s a connection between the fact that we’re approaching the anthropocene [the period during which human activity has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment] to a certain extent and that’s a question a lot of artists are interested in, in that we have these scarce resources, we have a kind of nihilism towards the planet and human beings in it; that man is not in a good place, so to speak.”

Ultimately, Julien says that Stones Against Diamonds is merely an introduction or a prologue to the work that he wants to make about his new muse, Seven Songs to Lina Bo Bardi. That next body of work will take both photographic and filmic form as it retraces the steps of a woman who Julien considers to have spent a life fighting fascism – an experience the artist considers to be very interesting for audiences today, at a time “when things are not quite right”.

Toward the end of our time together, a woman carrying a newborn enters the gallery and lingers toward the entrance of Refuge. She asks an attendant if she might be allowed to meet Julien, saying that she named her child after the artist. He immediately obliges. Asked how that make him feel, to know that someone else is now following in his footsteps, Julien exits and quips without missing a beat:

“Old.”
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Isaac Julien nasceu em 1960 em Londres, cidade onde vive e trabalha. Formado em pintura e cinema de arte pela St. Martins School of Art em 1984, criou seu primeiro coletivo de cinema, o Sankofa Film and Video Collective, em 1983.
Sua obra em filme inclui Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Mask (1996), Young Soul Rebels (1991), premiado na Semana dos Críticos do Festival de Cinema de Cannes no mesmo ano, e o aclamado documentário poético Looking for Langston (1989). Em 2001, foi indicado para o Turner Prize pelos filmes The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) e Vagabondia (2000).
Apresentou a instalação Paradise Omeros na Documenta11, em Kassel (2002). Em 2003, recebeu o prêmio do Grande Júri na Kunstfilm Biennale, em Colônia, pela versão monocanal de Baltimore; em 2008, seu filme Derek conquistou um Special Teddy no Festival Internacional de Cinema de Berlim.
A obra de Julien foi objeto de mostras individuais no Pompidou Centre, em Paris (2005), MoCA Miami (2005), Kerstner Gesellschaft, Hanover (2006) e Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisboa (2009). Nos últimos dois anos, Ten Thousand Waves foi vista no The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2012); Galería Helga de Alvear, Madri; ShanghART Gallery, Xangai; Hayward Gallery, Londres; Bass Museum, Miami; ICA, Boston; Kunsthalle, Helsinque; e na Bienal de Sydney (2011). Em 2013, o trabalho terá uma apresentação especial no MoMA de Nova York.
Entre outros museus e coleções particulares, as obras de Isaac Julien integram os acervos da Tate, em Londres; do MoMA e do Museu Guggenheim, em Nova York; e do Centre Pompidou, em Paris.
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source: isaacjulien

Isaac Julien was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. While studying painting and fine art film at St Martin’s School of Art from which he graduated in 1984, Isaac Julien co-founded ‘Sankofa Film and Video Collective’ in which he was active from 1983–1992. He was also a founding member of Normal Films in 1991.

Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999), made in collaboration with Javier de Frutos and Vagabondia (2000), choreographed by Javier de Frutos. Earlier works include Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996), Young Soul Rebels (1991) which was awarded the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival the same year, and the acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston (1989), which also won several international awards.

Isaac Julien was visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Schools of Afro-American and Visual Environmental Studies between 1998 and 2002. He was also a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2000-2005), and is currently both faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Arts and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany. He was the recipient of the Performa Award (2008), the prestigious MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts (2001) and the Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award (2002). His work Paradise Omeros was presented as part of Documenta XI in Kassel (2002). In 2003 he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale in Cologne for his single screen version of Baltimore; in 2008, he received a Special Teddy for his film that he collaborated on with Tilda Swinton, on Derek Jarman, called Derek, at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Julien has had 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) and most recently at SESC Pompeia in Brazil (2012). His film Ten Thousand Waves (2010) went on world tour, and has been on display in over 15 countries so far, and which will conclude at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013/14. 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.
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source: artwikifr

Isaac JULIEN est né à Londres en 1960 de parents antillais.
En 1984 il étudie la peinture et le cinéma d’art à la ”St-Martin’s of art school” et obtient son diplôme en 1985.

Il fonde la ”Sankofa Film and Video collective” et devient un des membres fondateurs de la normale Films en 1999.

Isaac Julien se fait connaitre dans le monde du cinéma en 1989 avec son « drame-documentaire » ”Looking for Langston” où il rend hommage au poète noir américain Langston Hughes et notamment à son œuvre sur la Renaissance d’Harlem. En 1991 il approfondit son œuvre avec une nouvelle : ”Young Soul Rebels” dans laquelle il explore les relations entre les différents groupes culturels britanniques en opposition (skinhead, punk et soulboys) ainsi que le racisme et l’homophobie. Il est récompensé au festival de Cannes pour ce film.

Isaac Julien a un objectif. Son travail consiste à effacer la séparation qui existe entre les différents arts : la danse, la peinture, l’art vidéo, la photographie, la musique, le théâtre, le dessin et la sculpture. Il traite principalement de sujets de discrimination dont lui-même à fait l’objet : la discrimination raciale, l’homophobie, les classes sociales et l’histoire culturelle.

En 2001 il est nommé au Turner Prize.
En 2003 il est primé par le Grand Prix du Jury au ” FilmBiennale Kunst” de Cologne pour sa version à écran unique de Baltimore.

Isaac Julien est aussi réalisateur de films documentaires.

Isaac Julien travaille toujours dans sa ville natale où il est, depuis septembre 2009, professeur à l’Université de Karlsruhe des Arts et du Design.
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source: enzyklode

Isaac Julien (* 21. Februar 1960 in London) ist ein britischer Künstler, Filmproduzent und Hochschullehrer.

Nach seiner Schulzeit studierte Julien Malerei und Film an der Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, an der er 1984 graduierte. Nach dem Studium gründete er Sankofa Film and Video Collective und war 1999 ein Gründungsmitglied von Normal Films. Er drehte in den folgenden Jahren mehrere Filme. Seit 2009 ist Julien als Professor an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe beschäftigt.