Isaac Julien

© Isaac Julien, photograph by Thorsten Henn

Isaac Julien was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. After graduating from St Martins School of Art in 1984, where he studied painting and fine art film, Isaac Julien founded Sankofa Film and Video Collective (1982–1992), and was 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) and Vagabondia (2000). Earlier works include Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Mask (1996), Young Soul Rebels (1991), which was awarded the Semaine de la critique prizeat the Cannes Film Festival the same year, and the acclaimed poeticdocumentary Looking for Langston (1989), which also won several internationalawards. His work Paradise Omeros was presented as part of Documenta11 in Kassel (2002).


Currently, Julien is a professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hochschule fur Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany. He was the recipient of the Performa Award (2008), the prestigious Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts (2001) and the Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award (2002).


In 2011 and 2012, Ten Thousand Waves, the nine-screen installation went on world tour and was shown at important public institutions including The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2012), Hayward Gallery, London; Bass Museum, Miami; ICA, Boston; Kunsthalle, Helsinki; and Sydney Biennale (2011).


Julien is represented in museum and private collections throughout the world, including Tate; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou; the Guggenheim Museum, in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington; and the Brandhorst Museum, in Munich.












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