Isaac Julien. What Freedom Is To Me

Sep 23, 2023 — Jan 14, 2024


  • 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

The first survey exhibition in Germany dedicated to work of the British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien (b. 1960 in London) reveals the breadth of a groundbreaking oeuvre from its emergence in the 1980s to the present. Julien’s critical thinking, aimed above all at an intense engagement with the culture and history of colonialism, is expressed in his early films, as well as in the highly aesthetic film images of the major, internationally acclaimed video installations of the last twenty years.

Julien studied painting and film at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 1983, he was involved in the founding of Sankofa, London, a film and video collective dedicated to making “Black film culture” visible. Isaac Julien’s films and installations have been featured in numerous international exhibitions. In 2002, he participated in documenta11 in the preparatory platform on the topic of “Creolization” in Santa Lucia, as well as with the video installation Paradise Omeros. From 2009 to 2015, Julien was Professor for Film at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG). In 2021, he was a jury member of the 37th Sundance Film Festival. In 2022, he was awarded the Goslar Kaiserring; that same year, he was appointed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS), entrusted with the annual awarding of the Oscars. Isaac Julien lives and works in London.

The exhibition is being developed in cooperation with Tate Britain, London, where it will be on view from April 27 to August 20, 2023.

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