Isaac Julien (born 1960) lives and works in London. His film and installation works use conventional narrative strategies, characters and choreography to explore archetypes of gay and black culture. The work is informed by the representation of minority groups, with the stereotypes of identity being challenged directly and metaphorically.
Julien worked with Film and Video Umbrella in 2000 on the films ‘The Long Road to Mazatlán’ and ‘Vagabondia’, for which he was nominated for the 2001 Turner Prize. His work is also the subject of a Film and Video Umbrella Minigraph.
The artist is internationally recognised, with solo presentations including IMMA, Dublin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; FACT, Liverpool; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work has also featured in group shows at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Tate Modern, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, amongst many others. Julien’s work can be seen in collections including the UK Government Art Collection, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London, and Hirshhorn Collection, Washington. He is represented by Victoria Miro, London