Isaac Julien is one of Britain's most important and influential installation artists and filmmakers. Julien was born in London in 1960 and studied at St Martins' School of Art from 1980 to 1984. His work draws from and comments on a range of disciplines and practices (film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture) and unites them in dramatic audiovisual film installations, photographic works, and documentary films.
His 1991 film Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His 1996 film Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, made with curator Mark Nash, won the Pratt and Whitney Canada Grand Prize. Julien has also been the recipient of the McDermott Award from MIT and The Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award (2014) from the San Francisco Film Festival. In 2015 Isaac Julien was the recipient for the Kaino Award for Artistic Excellence. Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his works The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999), and Vagabondia (2000) and has received wide acclaim for works including Western Union (Small Boats) (2007), Fantôme Afrique (2005), True North (2004) and many others. In 2008 Julien collaborated with Tilda Swinton on a biopic, Derek, about Derek Jarman, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the same year.
Julien's work has been included in Documenta 11 (2002), the 7th Gwangju Biennial (2008), and the Paris Triennial (2012). In addition, Julien has had various solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago (2013), the MCA San Diego (2012), the Bass Museum, Miami (2010), and the Centre Pompidou (2005) among others. In the winter of 2013-2014 his 2010 installation Ten Thousand Waves was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, projected onto nine double-sided screens in a dynamic arrangement specially conceived for The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium.
Isaac Julien's most recent exhibition at the De Pont Museum was a survey show entitled Riot, which spanned thirty years of his career. For the 56th Venice Biennale, Isaac Julien has collaborated with curator Okwui Enwezor and is directing a series of performances, readings and screenings of Marx's Das Kapital, along with an installation of his homonymous work, KAPITAL (2013). Isaac Julien's latest installation piece, Stones Against Diamonds, will also be premiered during the Biennale in the Rolls Royce Art Programme.
Julien's work is included in the collections of institutions around the globe. In 2013, a monographic survey of his career to date, Riot, was published by MoMA, NY.
metrópolealberto baraya, alice miceli, cao guimarães, hélio oiticica, isaac julien, lucia koch, marco maggi, marcos chaves, melanie smith, milton machado, paul ramírez jonas, paulo bruscky, raul mourão, vik muniz e virginia de medeiros 4.2 - 9.3.2017Starting its 2017 exhibition calendar, concurrently with a solo show by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo presents Metrópole, a group...
human ecologyisaac julien, lucia koch, eduardo navarro 13.7 - 10.9.2016Galeria Nara Roesler | New York is pleased to announce the opening of Human Ecology featuring works in various mediums by Isaac Julien, Lucia Koch,...
galeria nara roesler nova york - exposição inauguraltomie ohtake, antonio dias, alexandre arrechea, abraham palatnik, hélio oiticica, marco maggi, isaac julien, karin lambrecht, 26.2 - 19.3.2016Galeria Nara Roesler Announces the opening of a New York Viewing Space New York, NY [February 29, 2016] Galeria Nara Roesler is pleased to announce...
playtimeisaac julien 9.10 - 15.11.2014Opening October 9th, Galeria Nara Roesler is pleased to present Playtime, Isaac Julien’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. One of the most widely acclaimed video artists of our time, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2001; and received numerous awards such as the MIT McDermott Award (2001); Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Award (1995); and the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival (1991). The British artist will showcase his latest and most ambitious production to date: Playtime (2013).
scopic landscapesisaac julien 1.12.2012 - 16.2.2013Cocurator of Documenta11, Mark Nash is responsible for selecting the works that make up this exhibition. The selection presented in Isaac Julien: Scopic Landscapes offers a new refreshed contact with Isaac Julien’s production, which is also currently the theme of an exhibition at Sesc Pompeia: Isaac Julien: Geopoéticas, which covers three decades of the artist’s career.
playtimeisaac julien 5.11.2014Opening October 9th, Galeria Nara Roesler is pleased to present Playtime, Isaac Julien’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. One of the most widely acclaimed...
scopic landscapesisaac julien 17.12.2012Cocurator of Documenta11, Mark Nash is responsible for selecting the works that make up this exhibition. In the curatorship presented by Nara Roesler Gallery, photographs...