Isaac Julien


Well known filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien came to prominence in the film world with his 1989 drama-documentary Looking for Langston. By incorporating themes of sexuality and race, Julien’s work expands conventional strategies of narrative and beauty to explore stereotypical cinematic portrayals of gay and black subjects. Julien’s work addresses issues of class, sexuality, and artistic and cultural history, creating a cinematic experience that draws from different artistic disciplines. He comments on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture to construct a powerfully visual narrative. Julien founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective in 1984 and was a founding member of Normal Films in 1999. In 1991, Julien received the best film prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He has won many other prestigious awards such as the MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts, Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award and an Andy Warhol Foundation Award. Julien’s work has recently traveled from the Pompidou Centre in Paris, to the MoCA Miami and Kestner Gesellschaft, in Hanover and many other locations.