Isaac Julien

United Kingdom 1960


Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien
United Kingdom
February 6, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Isaac Julien is a British artist whose work draws from and comments on a range of artistic disciplines and practices (film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture) and uniting them in dramatic audiovisual film installations, photographic works and documentary films. Born in London in 1960, where he currently lives and works, Julien studied at St Martins’ School of Art. Julien was a founder member of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective formed to expose the racialised unconscious of British Society in the Thatcher years, and subsequently of Normal Films established to produce queer cinema in a UK context.

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 from the San Francisco Film Festival. 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), Baltimore (2003), Paradise Omeros (2002) and Territories (1984), (the latter recently included in ‘Une Histoire, a group exhibition at the Centre Pompidou).

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 has appeared in Documenta11 (2002), the 7th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (2008) and the Paris Triennale (2012). In recent years, Julien has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2012), Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2012), Bass Museum, Miami, Florida (2010), Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2009), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (2008) Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2006), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005), and MoCA, North Miami (2005). His 2010 installation Ten Thousand Waves has been on display in over fifteen international cities so far, including Shanghai, Sydney (2010 Biennale), Madrid, Helsinki, São Paolo, Gwangju, Moscow, Miami and London. In winter 2013/14, 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. A survey of his career to date Riot was published by the Museum of Modern Art in 2013. His latest work PLAYTIME, premiered as a single-screen work at Metro Pictures, New York in November 2013 and as a seven-screen work at Victoria Miro Gallery, London in January 2014. Most recently in 2015 Julien has had solo exhibitions at De Pont Museum, Tilburg and Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid.

Julien is represented in museum and private collections throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate, the UK Government Art Collection, Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Brandhorst Museum. Julien has held several professorial, teaching and research positions in the field of visual arts and cultural theory over the course of his career. Current positions include Chair of Global Art at University of Arts, London and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Isaac Julien: Better Life (Ten Thousand Waves) Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (Ten Thousand Waves photographs, The Leopard single screen).Solo
2012Isaac Julien: Geopoetics, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil Solo
2012Isaac Julien Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia (Ten Thousand Waves photographs).Solo
2012Currents 34: Isaac Julien Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA (True North, Fantôme Afrique, Western Union: Small Boats).Solo
2012Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves Museum of Contemporary San Diego, USA (Ten Thousand Waves ninescreen and photographs).Solo
2012Isaac Julien Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, USA (Ten Thousand Waves three-screen).Solo
2012Ten Thousand Waves Photographs by Isaac Julien, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore (Ten Thousand Waves photographs).Solo
2012The Leopard Dirimart Garibaldi, Istanbul, Turkey (The Leopard).Solo
2012Expanded Cinema: Isaac Julien Fiona Tan, Yang Fudong, EYE filmmuseum, Amsterdam (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Group
2012Open End Haus der Kunst, Munich (Paradise Omeros)Group
2012The Dwelling Life of Man Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (Ice Project Work No.3)Group
2012This Will Have Been Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA (Looking for Langston).Group
2012This Will Have Been Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA (Looking for Langston).Group
2012Border Crossing Kunsthallen Brandts, Denmark (Western Union: Small Boats).Group
2012Sinopticon Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (Ten Thousand Waves photographs).La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo (Territories).Group
2012Johannesburg Biennale Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (Fanon S.A. 1997 and Fantôme Créole photographs).Group
2012National Museum for Art Architecture and Design, Norway, Oslo (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Group
2012This Will Have Been Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (Looking for Langston).Group
2012Take Me Somewhere Nice Stene Projects, Stockholm, Sweden (True South photograph).Group
2011Isaac Julien ICA Boston (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Solo
2011Isaac JulienGalería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen and photographs).Solo
2011Isaac Julien L’Atelier Hermès, Seoul, Korea (Ten Thousand Waves three-screen and photographs).Solo
2011Isaac Julien Kunstnernes Hus. Oslo, Norway (Western Union: Small Boats five-screen and Fantôme Créole).Solo
2011Isaac Julien Metro Pictures, New York, USA (Ten Thousand Waves photographs).Solo
20114th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Ten Thousand Waves three-screen).Group
2011Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (Better Life and live performance).Group
2011Collected, Ritual The Studio Museum Harlem (Incognito).Group
2011Move: Choreographing You Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Wesfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Group
2011Videophere: A New Generation Albright Knox Art Gallery (Western Union: Small Boats).Group
2011Screaming from a MountainSørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway (True North).Group
2011Expanded Cinema Part II Moscow Centre for Culture and Art MediaLab at Garage Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow (Derek).Group
2011UntitledKonepaja Centre, Turku, Finland (Western Union: Small Boats).Group
2011UntitledSingapore Art Museum in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, Paris (Baltimore).Group
2011The Cinema Effect: Illusion Reality, and the Moving Image, CaixaForum, Madrid (Fantôme Créole)Group
2010Isaac JulienCreative Caribbean Network, Bass Museum, Miami (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen and photographs, Paradise Omeros, Baltimore and Vagabondia)Solo
2010Isaac Julien Victoria Miro Gallery, London (Ten Thousand Waves photographs)Solo
2010Isaac JulienHelsinki Festival, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Solo
2010Isaac Julien ShanghART Gallery, H-Space, Shanghai, China (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Solo
2010Isaac Julien Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia (Ten Thousand Waves photographs).Solo
2010Isaac Julien Akron Art Museum, Ohio, USA (True North three-screen).Solo
2010Move: Choreographing You Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Group
20108th Shanghai Biennale China (Better Life with live musical performance by CHoP and Ten Thousand Waves photographs).Group
201021st Century: Art in the First Decade Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (Western Union: Small Boats five-screen)Group
2010UntitledIsrael Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (Western Union: Small Boats three screen).Group
201017th Biennale of Sydney Sydney, Australia (Ten Thousand Waves nine-screen).Group
2010UntitledRiso Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Western Union: Small Boats three-screen).Group
2010Afro Modern Tate Liverpool, UK (Western Union photograph)Group
2010Fast Forward 2: The Power of Motion ZKM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (Paradise Omeros).Group
2010Grand National Vestfossen, Oslo, Norway (Territories).Group
2010I Love You ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (Love).Group
2010Collected Reflections on the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA (Paradise Omeros).Group
2010UntitledThe Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA (The Long Road to Mazatlan single screen).Group
2010Julia Stoschek Collection Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (True North three screen).Group
2009Isaac Julien Museum Brandhorst Collection, Munich, Germany (Western Union: Small Boats fivescreen and True North).Solo
2009Isaac Julien Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (Western Union: Small Boats).Solo
2009Isaac Julien Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (Te Tonga TuturuSolo
2009Re-Imagining October (co-curator) Calvert22, London, UK.Group
2009UntitledGuggenheim Bilbao Collection, Bilbao, Spain (Paradise Omeros).Group
2009The Moving Image: Scan to ScreenPixel to Projection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, USA.Group
2009The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse Miami, Florida, USA (WESTERN UNION: small boats).Group
2009Race to the Top: Arctic Inspirations 1909 & Today Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (True North series).Group
2008Isaac Julien Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (Western Union: Small Boats).Solo
2008Isaac Julien, University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA (Fantôme Afrique).Solo
2008Brutal Beauty: Derek Jarman (curator) Serpentine Gallery, London, UK.Solo
2008Isaac Julien Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (Western Union: Small Boats).Solo
20087th Gwangju BiennaleGwangju, South Korea (WESTERN UNION: small boats).Group
2008The Cinema Effect: Illusion Reality and the Moving Image Part II: Realisms, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, USA.Group
2008Print the Legend Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.Group
2008Fiction Vs Realité Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.Group
2007Isaac Julien Metro Pictures, New York, USA (Western Union: Small Boats photographs).Solo
2007Currents 99: Isaac Julien St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA (True North photographs).Solo
2007Isaac Julien Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia (True North).Solo
2007Wrestle CCS Bard, Hessel Museum, New York, USA (Trussed).Group
2007New Media Works from the Goetz Collection Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (Fantôme Créole).Group
2007Video: An Art A History 1965-2005, MCA Sydney, Australia (Baltimore).Group
2007Light, Camera, Action: Artists' Films for Cinema Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (The Attendant).Group
2007Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (True North).Group
2007Video: An Art, A History 1965-2005 ACMI (Australian Centre of Moving Image), Melbourne, Australia (Baltimore).Group
2007The Secret Public: The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK.Group
2006Isaac Julien The Lab at Belmar, Lakewood, Colorado, USA (Fantôme Afrique).Solo
2006Isaac Julien kestnergesellshaft, Hanover, Germany (True North, Fantôme Afrique).Solo
2006Isaac Julien Brändströme & Stene Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (True North, Fantôme Afrique).Solo
2006Isaac Julien Metro Pictures, New York, USA (Looking for Langston, film and photographs with Sunil Gupta).Solo
2006Les Expositions de l’Eté, Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (Trussed).Group
2006Rethinking Nordic Colonialism, A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Sápmi and Denmark, Finland, Norway ...Group
2006New Media Collection, 1965–2005 Centre Pompidou, The Taipei Fine Arts Museum, TW (Baltimore triple screen). Group
200640 years Yvon Lambert Gallery Yvon Lambert, Paris, France, (Long Road to Mazatlán). Group
2006Video collection of Jean-Conrad and Isabelle Lemaître Le Maison Rouge, Paris, France (Territories). Group
2006A Short History of PerformancePart VI, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (Baltimore three screen). Group
2006Contemporary Commonwealth ACMI (Australian Centre of Moving Image), Melbourne, Australia (Paradise Omeros three screen). Group
2006Speaking with Hands Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain. Group
2006Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now Tate Liverpool, UK (Paradise Omeros single screen, Territories). Vidéodanse 2006, Georges 2006Group
2005Isaac Julien Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA (True North).Solo
2005Isaac Julien Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (True North, Fantôme Afrique).Solo
2005Isaac JulienIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (Long Road to Mazatlán, Paradise Omeros, Baltimore).Solo
2005Isaac Julien MAK Center, Los Angeles, USA (True North photographs).Solo
2005Isaac Julien: Centre Pompidou Paris, France (Fantôme Creole, Baltimore).Solo
2005Isaac Julien Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (Paradise Omeros).Solo
2005Isaac Julien Deslocamentos VIVO Open Air, São Paulo, Brazil (Paradise Omeros, Baltimore, Long Road to Mazatlán, Radioactive)tSolo
2005Temps de Vídeo Fundació “La Caixa”, works from the collection of the Pompidou, Barcelona, Spain. Group
2005Emergencies MUSAC, Léon, Spain, (Paradise Omeros single screen) (1 April). Group
2005UntitledDeutsche Bank 25th Anniversary Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany. Group
2005The Projected Image Tate Modern, London, UK (Encore: Paradise Omeros). Group
20053’ Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Spain (Encore II: Radioactive). Group
2005ShowCASe Contemporary Art for the UK City Art Centre & Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK After Mazatlán).Group
2004Isaac Julien GL Strand Kunstoreningen, Copenhagen, Denmark (Paradise Omeros, Vagabondia, Radioactive).Solo
2004True North Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada (Baltimore, Paradise Omeros).Solo
2004Black Atlantic House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany (True North, Paradise Omeros).Solo
2004Baltimore The Contemporary, USA (Baltimore).Solo
2004Isaac Julien Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (Baltimore and Baltimore Series).Solo
2004Isaac Julien Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Paradise Omeros with accompanying photo works, Three and Frantz Fanon, Museum).Solo
2004Isaac Julien TENTCentrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Baltimore with accompanying photo works).Solo
2004Isaac Julien Eyebeam, New York, USA (Baltimore single screen).Solo
2004Stranger Than Fiction, Leeds City Art Gallery, touring to: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and moreGroup
2004Berlin Biennale 04 Germany (Baltimore three screen).Group
20043’ Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (Encore: Radioactive). Group
2004Spread in Prato Drypoint Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy (Paradise photoworks). Group
2004DAK’ART 6eme Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 2004 Nanook Cinema curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist,(Frantz Fanon, Baltimore single screen). Group
2004Permanent Collection Territories (1984),curated by Christine van Assche Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Group
2004Busan Biennale Korea (Baltimore). Group
2004Deviant Bodies CEPA Gallery, New York, USA (The Attendant)Group
2003tIsaac Julien, Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (Baltimore and Paradise Omeros).Solo
2003tIsaac Julien Metro Pictures, New York, USA (Baltimore).Solo
2003tIsaac Julien Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (Baltimore and Paradise Omeros).Solo
2003tIsaac Julien Sketch, London, UK (Trussed).Solo
2003tIsaac Julien The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA (Baltimore).Solo
2003tIsaac Julien Yvon Lambert, Paris, France.Solo
2003tIsaac Julien Bohen Foundation, New York, USA.Solo
2003tIsaac Julien FACT: Film Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool, UK.Solo
2003Art, Lies and Videotape : Exposing Performance Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.Group
2003Only Skin Deep Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA.Group
2003Only Skin Deep International Center of Photography, New York, USA.Group
2003Love,Hate Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany.Group
2003East Wing Collection Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK.Group
2003Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, UK.Group
2003Utopia Station Poster Project 50th Venice Biennale, Italy and Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany Secession Vienna.Group
2003Independence South London Gallery, London, UK.Group
2003Double Vision Photo Espana, Madrid, Spain.Group
2002Documenta 11_Platform5: Ausstellung,Exhibition Binding Building, Kassel, Germany.Group
2002The Gap Show Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.Group
2002Screen Memories Art Tower Mito, Japan.Group
2002New Narratives in Contemporary Photography and Video Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University,Group
2002Waltham Massachusetts, USA.Group
2002The Future of Cinema ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (cat).Group
2002Les Enfants du Paradis Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France.Group
2001-2002The Short Century Museum Villa Stuck Munich, touring to House of World Cultures in the MartinGropius-Bau, Berlin...Group
2001-2002Unpacking Europe Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.Group
2001-2002UntitledMuseum Boijmans Von Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.Group
2001-2002Enduring Love Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, USA.Group
2001-2002ARSO1 Kiasma,The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.Group
2001-2002Turner Prize Tate Gallery, London, UK.Group
2001-2002Strength and Diversity: African American Artists Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.Group
2001-2002RawVictoria Miro Gallery, London, UK.Group
2001Isaac Julien Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, USA.Solo
2001Isaac Julien MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (Vagabondia, Long Road to Mazatlán).Solo
2000Isaac Julien Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA (Vagabondia).Solo
2000Isaac Julien Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (Long Road to Mazatlán).Solo
2000The Film Art of Isaac Julien touring to:Solo
2000Cinerama Corner House Museum Manchester touring to South London Gallery, London, UK.Solo
2000Isaac Julien Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (After Mazatlán).Solo
2000Isaac Julien (Long Road to Mazatlán) Grand Arts, Kansas City, USA (After Mazatlán).Solo
1999-2000Retrace Your Steps Sir John Soane Museum, London, UK.Group
1999Isaac Julien Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (Long Road to Mazatlán).Solo
1999Isaac Julien Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (Three).Solo
1999Isaac Julien The Arena, Oxford Brookes University, UK (Fanon S.A.).Solo
1999Rhapsodies in Black Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.Group
1998Rhapsodies in Black The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, USA.Group
1998Rhapsodies in Black The California Palace of the Legion of Honour, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA.Group
1997Rhapsodies in Black Hayward Gallery, London, UK.Group
1997Scream and Scream AgainThe Irish Museum of Modern Art (cat.), Dublin, Ireland.Group
1997Scream and Scream Again Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland.Group
19972nd Johannesburg Biennale Johannesburg (cat), South Africa.Group
1997The Look Of Love, The Approach London & Southampton City Art Gallery, UK.Group
1997Beauty and the Beast Banff Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, Canada.Group
1996Hotter Than July Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.Group
1996Scream and Scream Again Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK.Group
1996British Art Now Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.Group
1996New Histories ICA, Boston (cat.), USA.Group
1996AIDS World Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve (cat.), Switzerland.Group
1996AIDS World Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Switzerland.Group
1995Mirage: Enigma of Race Difference and Desire, ICA (cat.), London, UK.Group
1993Abject art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art Whitney Museum of Art (cat.), New York, USA.Group
1991Cabaret Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, USA.Group
1990Edge 90 Various Sites: London and Newcastle (cat.), UK.Group