Isaac Julien

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Born 1960, London, UK
1987-1989 Post-Doctoral, Les Entrepreneurs de L’Audiovisuel Europeen (EAVE), Brussels, Belgium
1980-1984 BA Fine Art, Film, Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK and Santa Cruz, CA

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024
Isaac Julien: What Freedom is to Me, The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg [forthcoming]
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY [forthcoming]

2023
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour – Frederick Douglass, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland, OR
Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement, The Yale Center for British Art and the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT
Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die), Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
I Am Seen . . . Therefore, I Am: Isaac Julien and Frederick Douglass, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) – Photographic Works, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Isaac Julien: What Freedom Is To Me, Tate Britain, London, UK; Isaac Julien: What Freedom is to Me, Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen (K21), Düsseldorf, Germany
Isaac Julien: PLAYTIME, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin
Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi: A Marevellous Entanglement, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

2022
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Isaac Julien, Goslarer Kaiserring Award Exhibition, Goslar, Germany
Isaac Julien: Once Again…(Statues Never Die), Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Looking for Langston: I Dream a World, Galeria Fonte, Inhotim, Brazil
Isaac Julien: True North, Ruby City, San Antonio, TX
Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves; Lessons of the Hour, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia
Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves; Lina Bo Bardi: A Marvellous Entanglement, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
Isaac Julien: A Marvellous Entanglement, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia

2021
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi: A Marvellous Entanglement, Madrid City Hall, Madrid
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), Edinburgh
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
Isaac Julien: Vagabondia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi: A Marvellous Entanglement, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC

2020
Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats, Neuberger Museum, New York, NY
Isaac Julien’s America, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Isaac Julien: A Marvellous Entanglement, MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Art, Rome, Italy
Isaac Julien: Frederick Douglass: Lessons of the Hour, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

2019
Isaac Julien: Frederick Douglass: Lessons of the Hour, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Isaac Julien: PLAYTIME, The Linda Pace Foundation Gallery / Ruby City, San Antonio, TX
Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement, Victoria Miro, London, UK
Looking for Langston, Tate Britain, London, UK
Isaac Julien: PLAYTIME, LACMA, Resnick Pavillion, Los Angeles, CA
Isaac Julien: The Leopard (Western Union: Small Boats), Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston, The Linda Pace Foundation Gallery / Ruby City, San Antonio, TX
Lessons of the Hour, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY
Lessons of the Hour, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York, NY
Stones against Diamonds, Paco Des Artes, Sao Paul, Brazil
Love and Ethnology, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Lina Bo Bardi: A Marvellous Entanglement, Victoria Miro, London
Isaac Julien: Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD

2018
Isaac Julien, York Art Gallery, York, UK
Western Union: Small Boats, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
To the End of the Earth, Galerie Forsblom, Stockholm, Sweden
Ten Thousand Waves, The Whitworth, Manchester, UK
Ten Thousand Waves Photographs, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Isaac Julien: ‘Film Noir-Angels’ Looking for Langston, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
PLAYTIME, Amerborgh, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paradise Omeros, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017
PLAYTIME, Kramlich Foundation, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
I Dreamed a World: Looking for Langston, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
All Things Being Equal…, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Western Union: Small Boats and True North, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
PLAYTIME, Platform-L Contemporary Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
Enigma, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Malaga, Spain

2016
Looking for Langston, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Refuge, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Stones Against Diamonds, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Vintage, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
PLAYTIME & KAPITAL, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Ten Thousand Waves, MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro

2015
Stones Against Diamonds, YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL
PLAYTIME, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA
Stones Against Diamonds, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commission, Palazzo Malipiero-Barnabo, Venice, Italy, Kirche Elisabethen Church, Basel, Switzerland, Goodwood, West Sussex, UK, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
PLAYTIME, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Isaac Julien: Riot, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands

2014
Western Union: Small Boats (The Leopard), Urban Video Project, Syracuse, NY
Ten Thousand Waves, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
PLAYTIME: Photographic Works, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia;  Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK; GAleria Nara Roesler, São Paulo; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013
Better Life (Ten Thousand Waves), Museum De Pont Project Space, Tilburg, Netherlands
Ten Thousand Waves, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
PLAYTIME, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
The Long Road to Mazatlán, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Western Union: Small Boats, Museum Brandhorst, Germany (in partnership with Kino der Kunst Festival)

2012
Scopic Landscapes (curated by Mark Nsah), Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil
Geopoetics, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil
Better Life (Ten Thousand Waves), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Currents 34: Isaac Julien, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Ten Thousand Waves, Museum of Contemporary San Diego, San Diego, CA
Ten Thousand Waves, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Ten Thousand Waves: Photographs by Isaac Julien, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
The Leopard, Dirimart Garibaldi, Istanbul, Turkey
Icons of Art: Isaac Julien, Rolls Royce, Mayfair, London

2011
Ten Thousand Waves, ICA Boston, MA; Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany; Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain; Metro Pictures, New York, NY

2010
Ten Thousand Waves, Paradise Omeros, Vagabondia, Bass Museum, Miami, FL
Ten Thousand Waves (photographs), Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Ten Thousand Waves, Kunsthalle Helsinki; ShanghART Gallery, H-Space, Shanghai, China; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
True North (three-screen version), Akron Art Musuem, Akron, OH

2009
Western Union: Small Boats, Museum Brandhorst Collection, Munich, Germany; The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Te Tonga Tuturu/True South (Apparatus), Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2008
Western Union: Small Boats, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid
Fantôme Afrique, University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, CA
Brutal Beauty: Derek Jarman (curator), Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

2007
Western Union: Small Boats, Metro Pictures, New York
Currents 99: Isaac Julien (True North photographs), St. Louis Art Museum, MO
True North, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2006
Fantôme Afrique, The Lab at Belmar, Lakewood, CO
True North, Fantôme Afrique, Kestnergesellshaft, Hanover, Germany
True North, Fantôme Afrique, Brändströme & Stene, Stockholm
Looking for Langston (film and photographs with Sunil Gupta), Metro Pitcures, New York, NY

2005
True North, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
The Long Road to Mazatlán, Paradise Omeros, Baltimore, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
True North (photographs), MAK Center, Los Angeles
Fantôme Créole, Baltimore, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Paradise Omeros, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Paradise Omeros, Baltimore, The Long Road to Mazatlán, Radioactive, Deslocamentos, VIVO Open Air, São Paulo, Brazil

2004
Isaac Julien (Paradise Omeros, Vagabondia, Radioactive), GL Strand Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen
True North (Baltimore, Paradise Omeros), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
Black Atlantic (True North, Paradise Omeros), House of World Cultures, Berlin
Baltimore, The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore and Baltimore Series, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid
Paradise Omeros (with accompanying photo works), Three, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Baltimore (with accompanying photo works), TENT Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam
Baltimore (single screen version), Eyebeam, New York

2003
Baltimore and Paradise Omeros, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX; Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Baltimore, Metro Pictures, New York
Trussed, Sketch, London
Baltimore, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Yvon Lambert, Paris
Bohen Foundation, New York
FACT: Film Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool, UK

2001
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
Isaac Julien, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Turner Prize 2001, Tate Britain, London, UK

2000
Vagabondia, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
The Long Road to Mazatlán, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
The Film Art of Isaac Julien, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, and touring: Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Sydney; Bildmuseet Umeå, Umeå, Sweden; Henie Onstad Museum, Høvikodden, Norway; Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco
Cinerama Corner House Museum, Manchester, and touring: South London Gallery, London
After Mazatlán, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
The Long Road to Mazatlán, Grand Arts, Kansas City, KS

1999
Long Road to Mazatlán, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX
Three, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Fanon SA, The Arena, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024
Soulscapes, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK [forthcoming]

2023
Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
Water Ways, Ruby City, San Antonio, TX
A Growing Season, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
One Life: Frederick Douglas,
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

2022
Free as they want to be’: Artists Committed to Memory, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH

2021
When Home Won’t Let you Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center. Stanford, USA
We Are Here, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Frank Walter: A Retrospective, Museum MMK Fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Lust and Desire in Art and Design, GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Liberté. Egalité. Beyoncé, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium
Summer Exhibition 2020, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2019
Rock My Soul (Curated by Isaac Julien), Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
Jewels in the Concrete, Studio at Ruby City San Antonio, TX (2019-2020)
When Home Won’t Let you Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, ICA Boston, Boston, MA (2019-2020); travelling to Minneapolis Institute of Art (2020) and Cantor Arts Center. Stanford (2020-2021)
ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL…,Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
The Sea Is History, The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway
Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; travelling to Gibbes Museum, Charleston (2019); Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI (2019); Smith College Museum of Art, MA (2020); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2020); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Sat Lake City (2020)
Ecos do Atlântico Sul, Galeria Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil
Hypervisuality. Making the invisble visible. Moving images from the Wemhöner Collection, curated by Philipp Bollmann, Palazzo Dugnani, Milan, Italy
Videoland – Eternity Goes Before The Moment, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Every Day: Selections from the Collection, Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, Baltimore, MD
Reflections on Space and Time, Galleria Nara Rosler, Rio de Janeiro
Light Like A Bird, Not Like A Feather, SIGNS, Istanbul, Turkey
Light in/as Image, Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart, Germany
Love and Ethnology, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Seized by the Left Hand, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, UK

2018
Groundings, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Toyko, Japan
Strata, Rocks, Dust & Stars, York Art Gallery, York, England
The Rebellion of Moving Image, MOCA Taipei, Taiwan

2017
Things Fall Apart, Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary
Into The Unknown: Journey Through Science Fiction, Barbican, London, England
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, England
The Place is Here, South London Gallery, London, England
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity , Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Territories and Looking for Langston, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Ten Thousand Waves, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Jaguars and Electric Eels, Julia Stoscheck Collection, Berlin, Germany

2016
Uncertain States, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Protest, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
The Coldest Winter, a summer group show, Jessica Silverman South, San Francisco, CA
Ten Thousand Waves, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK
ART of The Treasure Hunt, Tuscany, Italy
Castle Tuessling, Bavaria, Germany
Ten Thousand Waves, K11 Foundation, Shanghai, China
The Shadow Never Lies, Minsheng Museum, Shanghai, China
The 1980s. Today’s Beginnings?, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Borders, Barriers, Walls, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Things Fall Apart, Calvert 22 Gallery, London, UK
Bentu, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
BLACK PULP!, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Time/Image, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston and Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

2015
Harmony and Transition, MARTa Herford, Germany
The New Human: You and I in the Global Wonderland, Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden
Mobile M+: Moving Images, M+ Museum, The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong

2014
Theatrical Fields, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (touring show)
Lost in Landscape, MART Rovereto, Italy
Art, Architecture, Design, from the 80s to Now, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
World Pride Exhibition, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
The Surface of the World, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines
Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Barockt, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012, Whatcom Museum, USA; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada

2013
Theatrical Field, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden
Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan. Toured to: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Entitled, The Cinematic Impulse, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
Un Été Sicilien, Le Château de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland
Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery (co-curator with James Franco and Glenn Scott Wright), London, UK

2012
Language Games, Fundación Helga d’Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Open End – Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Expanded Cinema: Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan, Yang Fudong, EYE filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Dwelling Life of Man, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
This Will Have Been, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Take Me Somewhere Nice, Stene Projects, Stockholm, Sweden

2011
Collected Ritual, The Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY
Move: Choreographing You, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Wesfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Videosphere: A New Generation, Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY
Video, an Art, a History: 1965-2010, Singapore Art Museum in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain
Move. Art and Dance Since the 1960s, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany. Toured to: K20 Grabbeplatz. Düsseldorf, Germany. Exhibition organised by the Hayward Gallery, London, in association with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

2010
Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK
Riso Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Afro Modern, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Fast Forward 2: The Power of Motion, ZKM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany

2009
Guggenheim Bilbao Collection, Bilbao, Spain

2008
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image Part II: Realisms, Hirshhorn Museum, WA

2007
Wrestle, CCS Bard, Hessel Museum, New York, NY
Video: An Art, A History 1965-2005, MCA Sydney, Australia
Light, Camera, Action: Artists’ Films for Cinema, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
The Secret Public: The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

2006
Les Expositions de l’Eté, Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
New Media Collection, 1965–2005, Centre Pompidou, The Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
A Short History of Performance, Part VI, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
Speaking with Hands. Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Vidéodanse 2006, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2005
Temps de Vídeo, Fundació “La Caixa”, works from the collection of the Pompidou, Barcelona, Spain
The Projected Image, Tate Modern, London, UK

2004
Territories (1984), Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
Deviant Bodies, CEPA Gallery, New York, NY

2003
Only Skin Deep, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Love/Hate, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

2002
Screen Memories, Art Tower Mito, Japan

2001/02
The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; toured to: Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and P.S.1 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Turner Prize 2001, Tate Gallery, London, UK

1999/00
Retrace Your Steps, Sir John Soane Museum, London, UK

1997
Scream and Scream Again, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

1996
Hotter Than July, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Histories, ICA Boston, MA

1995
Mirage: Enigma of Race, Difference and Desire, ICA, London, UK

1993
Abject art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY

 

Biennales

2023
Sharjah Biennial 15, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

2017
Milan Triennale, Milan, Italy
57th Venice Biennale, Venice Italy

2016
FotoFest 2016, Houston, TX

2015
56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2013
La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2012
Johannesburg Biennale, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2011
4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden

2010
8th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2008
7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

2009
Arts in Marrakesh (AiM) International Biennale, Morocco

2004
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Berlin Biennale 04, Germany
Dak’Art 6éme Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 2004: Nanook Cinema, Dakar, Senegal
Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea

2003
Utopia Station Poster Project, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy and Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany

2002
Documenta 11_Platform5, Binding Building, Kassel, Germany

1997
2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Selected Screenings and Film Festivals

2017
Looking for Langston, MoMA, New York, NY

2016
Looking for Langston, The Attendant, The Long Road to Mazatlan, Playtime, Kapital, Ten Thousand Waves, Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco, CA
Derek, Innsbruck International Biennial of the Arts, Innsbruck, Austria
The Attendant, Looking for Langston, Territories, Who Killed Colin Roach, FICUNAM film festival, Mexico City, MX
Kapital, The Whitworth, Manchester, UK
Derek, Towner Art Gallery, Eastborune, UK
Looking for Langston, Berlinale 66th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

2015
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Art, Bristol, UK
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Looking for Langston, Territories, Who Killed Colin Roach, Passion of Remembrance, Tate Britain, London, UK
Looking for Langston, Young Soul Rebels, This is Not an AIDS Advertisement, New Queer Cinema, Cine Belas Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
The Attendant, Badasssss Cinema, The Darker Side of Black, Territories, Queer Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Better Life, M+ Moving Image, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

2014
Derek, Young Soul Rebels, Baltimore, BaadAsssss Cinema, Territories, Who Killed Colin Roach, This is Not an AIDS Advertisement, Looking For Langston, The Attendant, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, MoMA, NY
Playtime Premiere, Museum of Art and Design, Manila, Philippines

2013
Ten Thousand Waves, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2012
Baltimore, Badass Cinema, Young Soul Rebels, Looking for Langston, Frantz Fanon, Derek, EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Better Life, Plymouth Art Centre, UK
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam

2011
The Leopard, Nuit Blanche, Paris, France
Baadasss Cinema, Baltimore, Territories, Frantz Fanon, Looking for Langston, Derek, Singapore Art Museum in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2010
Better Life, Venice Film Festival, Italy
The Leopard, Venice Film Festival, Italy
Ten Thousand Waves, collaboration with composer Maria de Alvear, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Looking for Langston, FACT, Liverpool, UK
Looking for Langston, Geneva Film Festival, Switzerland
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Biennale de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

2009
The Darker Side of Black, The Attendant, BaadAsssss Cinema, Secretaria Municipal da Cultura, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Looking for Langston, This is not an AIDs Advert, CGAC, Santiago, Spain

2008
Derek; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada; Bergen International Film Festival, Bergen, Norway; Vienna International Film Festival, Vienna, Austria; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Espoo Ciné, Espoo, Finland; Melbourne Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia; New Horizons, Warsaw, Poland; Collection Studio 54, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany; Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, Australia; IndieLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Miami, FL; Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey; AFI Dallas, Dallas, TX; London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, London, UK; Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tate, London, UK; Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, UT; Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

2007
The Attendant, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Ice Project at Works and Process (PERFORMA), Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

2006
Baltimore, Kino Eye Festival, Antwerp, Belgium
Looking for Langston, 20th Gay and Lesbian Film Festival London, UK
True North, Fantôme Afrique, Sundance Film Festival 2006, Salt Lake City, UT

2005
Paradise Omeros, Baltimore, True North, Locarno International Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland
Three, Long Road to Mazatlán. Outfest, Los Angeles, CA
Territories, Looking for Langston, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Three, Long Road to Mazatlán, Vagabondia, Paradise Omeros, La Rochelle, France

2004
Baadasssss Cinema, ZKM, Fate of Alien Mides, Germany
Baltimore (single screen), KunstFilmBiennale tour of Latin America: São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina
Frantz Fanon, Åarhus Festival of Contemporary Art, Denmark
Long Road to Mazatlán, Pink Screens, Brussels, Belgium
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Dakar Biennale, Senegal
Baltimore and Paradise Omeros, Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
Paradise Omeros, Be-bop Sessions Festival, Exeter, UK
Paradise Omeros, Museé du Louvre, Paris, France
Baltimore (three screen), Berlin Biennale 04, Germany
Artist in Focus at Rotterdam Film Festival, showing Baltimore (singlescreen), Paradise Omeros (single Screen, Vagabondia (single screen), The Long Road to Mazatlán (single screen), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2003
The Attendant, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Frantz Fanon, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Paradise (single screen version), Raindance Film Festival/Dazed & Confused, London, UK
Baltimore (single screen version), KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany
Territories, A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London, UK
Vagabondia, Long Road to Mazatlán, Baadasssss Cinema, Three, The Attendant, Looking for Langston, MOMA, New York, NY
Baadasssss Cinema, The Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
Three, Electromediascope, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KS

2002
BadAsssss Cinema, Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
The Attendant, Nuit Blanche/Nuit Video, Paris, France
Paradise Omeros, Vagabondia, Long Road to Mazatlán, Three, The Attendant, Territories, Brief Encounters Film Festival, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Long Road to Mazatlán, The Attendant, Three, Looking for Langston, Contemporary Film and Video, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Toured to: Borås Kunstmuseum, Sweden and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Malmö Film Festival, Sweden
Paradise Omeros, Tate Britain, London, UK
Looking for Langston, The Attendant, Trussed, Vagabondia, Future Past of Visual Culture, Tate Britain, London, UK
Looking for Langston, Long Road to Mazatlán, Fierce & Warwick Arts Centre, UK

2001
Umeå Film Festival, Bildmuseet, Sweden
Territories, Looking for Langston, Young Soul Rebels, The Darker Side of Black, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Neue Galerie Graz, Austria

2000
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Looking for Langston, The Attendant, Künslterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
Three, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Three, Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, London, UK

1999
Three, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK

1997
Fanon S.A, Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Sundance Film Festival, USA; Berlin International Film Festival, Germany; UK Cinema Premiere ICA London, UK; Hong Kong International Film Festival

1996
Trussed, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA
Trussed, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK

1995
We Feel Your Pain, That Rush!, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK 

1993
The Attendant: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1991
Young Soul Rebels: Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Filmfest Munich, Toronto Film Festival, Theatrical release in Germany, UK, Japan the Netherlands, United States, Australia, Belgium and Spain

1989
Looking for Langston: Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Barcelona, Copenhagen  Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

1985
Territories, Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany

1984
Who Killed Colin Roach, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

1983
Who Killed Colin Roach, Rio Cinema Dalston, London, UK

1982
Where Do We Go Now, The London Filmmakers’ Co-op, UK

 

Installations

2015
Stones Against Diamonds, 10-screen installation, HD Playback, with sterio sound, 58”28

2014
PLAYTIME; 7-screen installation, 7.1 sound, 66’ 57”

2013
KAPITAL; Double-monitor high-definition video installation with stereo sound, 31’16”

2010
Ten Thousand Waves; 9-screen installation, colour 35mm film, 9.2 sound, 49’41”

2008
Dungeness; Two-screen installation, super-8mm and 16mm colour film, sound, 16’10”

2007
Western Union: small boats; Five-screen installation, super 16mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 18’22”

2005
Fantôme Afrique; Three-screen installation, 16mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 17’12”
Fantôme Créole; Four-screen installation, 16mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 23’27”

2004
True North; Three-screen installation, 16mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 14’20”
Encore II (Radioactive); Super-8mm and 16mm colour film, 3’00”

2003
Baltimore; Three-screen installation, 16mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 11’36”

2002
Paradise Omeros; Three-screen installation, 16mm colour film, sound, 20’29”

2000
Vagabondia; Two-screen installation (rear projection), 16mm colour film, sound, 7’00”

1999
Long Road to Mazatlán; Three-screen installation (rear projection), 16mm colour film, sound, 20’00”
The Conservator’s Dream; Three-screen installation, 16mm colour film, sound, 6’00”
Three; Single-screen installation, 16mm colour film, sound, 28’19”

1997
Fanon S.A; Two-screen installation, 16mm colour film, sound, 5’10”

1996
Trussed; Two-screen installation, 16mm b&w film, sound, 21’23”

1995
That Rush! / Cartooned Life; Colour 16mm film, sound, 7’13” with a series of seven linotronic photographic prints

 

Films

2013
PLAYTIME (single screen version); double projection, edge blended, single screen ultra high definition, 5.1 sound, 66’27”

2010
Better Life (single screen version of ‘Ten Thousand Waves’); 35mm film transferred to high definition, 5.1 sound, 55’00”

2008
Derek; Super-16mm and 35mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 78’00”

2005
Fanme Afrique (single-screen version); 16mm colour film, 5.1 sound, 17’00”
True North (single-screen version); 16mm colour film, sound, 14’20”

2002
BaadAsssss Cinema; Super-16mm and 35mm colour film, 56’00”
Paradise Omeros (single-screen version); 16mm colour film, sound, 18’51”

2000
Vagabondia; 16mm colour film, sound, 12’21”

1999
Long Road to Mazatlan; 16mm sepia / colour film, sound, 14’35”
The Conservator’s Dream; 16mm sepia / colour film, sound, 4’00”

1996
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask; 35mm colour film, sound, 68’35”

1994
The Darker Side of Black; 16mm colour film, sound, 58’38”

1993
The Attendant; 35mm colour film, sound, 7’59”

1991
Young Soul Rebels; 35mm colour film, sound, 105’00”

1989
Looking for Langston; 16mm b&w film, sound, 44’29”

1987
This is Not an AIDS Advertisement; Super-8mm colour film, sound, 10’26”

1986
The Passion of Remembrance; 16mm, colour film, sound, 80’16”

1984
Territories; 16mm colour film, sound, 24’12”

1983
Who Killed Colin Roach?; Super-8mm colour film, sound, 34’42”

 

Selected Photographic Works

2014
Playtime. Series of twenty-four Endura Ultra photographs, ranging from 160 x 240 cm to 90 cm diameter

2010
Ten Thousand Waves. Series of twenty-two Endura Ultra photographs, ranging from 47 1/4 x 63 in. (120 x 160 cm) to 70 7/8 in. x 16 ft. 4 7/8 in. (180 x 500 cm)

2007
Western Union Series. Series of twelve Duratrans images in lightboxes, ranging from 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in. (120 x 120 cm) to 47 1/4 in. x 9 ft. 10 1/8 in. (120 x 300 cm)

2005
Fantôme Créole. Series of ten Lambda prints on gloss paper, ranging from 47 1/16 x 47 1/16 in. (119.5 x 119.5 cm) to 47 1/16 in. x 7 ft. 10 1/16 in. (119.5 x 239 cm)

2004
True North Series. Series of twelve digital prints on Epson Premium Photo Glossy paper, ranging from 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm) to 39 3/8 in. x 9 ft. 10 1/8 in. (100 x 300 cm)

2003
Baltimore Series. Series of seventeen framed digital prints on Epson Premium Photo Glossy paper, ranging from 40 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (102 x 102 cm) to 43 7/8 x 53 1/8 in. (111.5 x 135 cm)
Love/Hate. Series of two digital prints on Hannemuhle Photorag, each: 17 11/16 x 24 in. (45 x 61 cm)

2002
Before Paradise. Series of ten pigment-ink-printed triptychs, each: 39 3/8 in. x 9 ft. 10 1/8 in. (100 x 300 cm)

2001
Untitled (from Mazatlàn). Series of six Duratrans images in lightboxes, each: 20 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. (51.5 x 39 x 12.5 cm)

2000
Untitled (from Vagabondia). Series of four digital prints on Arches paper, 15 1/4 x 74 13/16 in. (40 x 90 cm)

1999
After Mazatlán. Series of eight black and white photogravures, 13 x 17 in. (33 x 43.2 cm) to 14 x 18 3/4 in. (35.6 x 47.6 cm)
Untitled (Three). Series of ten Micro Piezo prints, 15 x 26 in. (38 x 66 cm)

1996
Trussed Series (Angel). Series of four black and white photographs, 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Trussed Series (Double Lives). Diptych of Micro Piezo prints mounted with plexiglass and aluminium, 15 x 49 7/16 x 3 1/8 in. (38 x 125.5 x 8 cm)

1995
Cartooned Life. Series of seven photographs, linotronic prints, each: 39 3/4 x 29 1/2 in. 101 x 75 cm.

1989
Looking for Langston Series (with Sunil Gupta). Series of twenty-six prints on glossy paper, each 7 7/8 x 9 7/16 in. (20 x 24 cm)

 

Selected Monographs and Exhibition Catalogues

2017
Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK

2013
Isaac Julien: RIOT, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2012
Isaac Julien: Geopoetics, SESC Pompeia, Brazil
This Will Have Been, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA

2011
Isaac Julien, ‘Expeditions’, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2010
Isaac Julien, Ten Thousand Waves, Victoria Miro Gallery, Metro Pictures, New York and Galerìa Helga de Alvear, Madrid & Isaac Julien Studio, UK

2009
Western Union: Small Boats, CCA Warsaw, Koenig Books and Isaac Julien Studio, 2009 (Isaac Julien, ed.)

2008
Derek Jarman Brutal Beauty, Koenig Books, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (Isaac Julien, ed. and curator) 2006
Isaac Julien: True North – Fantôme Afrique, kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany

2006
True North – Fantôme Afrique, Kestnergesellshaft, Hanover, Germany
Making History, Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now, Tate Publishing, London, UK

2005
Temps de Vídeo, works from the collection of the Pompidou, Fundació “La Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain
Isaac Julien, True North, MAK, Los Angeles and MOCA, North Miami, FL
Isaac Julien, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Isaac Julien, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Isaac Julien Deslocamento, VIVO Open Air, Brazil

2004
Isaac Julien, GL Strand Kunstoreningen, Denmark
True North, Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada
Whitney Biennial, New York, NY

2003
Creolite and Creolization, Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany

2002
Screen Memories, Art Tower Mito, Japan

2001
Isaac Julien, Ellipsis Minigraph, London, UK
Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London, UK
ARSO1, Kiasma / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2000
The Film Art of Isaac Julien, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, NY

1999
Rhapsodies in Black, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1998
Frantz Fanon (French text) K Films Edition

1996
New Histories, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA
‘Scream and Scream Again’, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

1993
Abject Art: Repulsions and Desire in American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Programme, New York, NY

 

Selected Awards

2023
Karszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award

2022
Knight of the British Empire (KBE) for services to the Arts (Queen’s Birthday Honours List)
Goslar Kaissering Award

2018
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts (Queen’s Birthday Honors List)

2017
Charles Wollaston Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2016
Panorama TEDDY 30 for Looking for Langston, Berlinale 66th Berlin International , Berlin, Germany

2014
Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

2011
Off Festival Award PhotoEspaña for Ten Thousand Waves at Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain

2008
Special Teddy for Derek, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Documentary Prize for Derek, 34th Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Best Documentary for Derek, Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Milan, Italy
Honorary Fellow, University of Arts, London, UK

2005
Aurora Award, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX

2003
Master of Arts (Honorary Degree), Surrey Institute of Art and Design, London, UK
Grand Jury Award, KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany
Prize for outstanding career in cinematography, Benalmadana, 6th Festival International de Cortometraje y Cine Alternativo de Benalmadena (ficcab).

2002
Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award, San Francisco, CA
Bohen Foundation Commission, New York, NY
Eyebeam’s Moving Image Commission program, Artist in Residence, New York, NY
Ford Foundation Commission, New York, NY

2001
The McDermott Award, MIT, Cambridge, MA

1999
Art Pace, International Artist in Residence, San Antonio, TX

1998
Jerome Foundation Award
Andy Warhol Foundation Award

1997
Pratt and Whitney Canada Grand Prize for Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, 15th International Festival of Films on Art

1996
Wexner Museum Fine Arts Interna vbtional Artist Award, Columbus, OH

1995
Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Award, New York University, Centre for Media, Culture and History, NY

1991
John McKnight International Artist Award, Minneapolis, MN
Semaine de la Critique Prize for Young Soul Rebels, Cannes Film Festival, France

 

Selected Academic Posts and Trusteeships

2018
Royal Academician

2016
Trustee of Art Monthly
Trustee of The Art Fund
Regents Professor at University of California Berkeley, CA

2015 – Present
Trustee of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Trustee of Parasol Unit, London, UK

2014 – Present
Patron of Stuart Hall Foundation, London, UK
Chair, Professor of Global Art, University of the Arts, London, UK

2008 – Present
Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany

2006 – 2007
Visiting Mellon Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh, PA

1999 – Present
Trustee of Art Pace Foundation, San Antonio, USA

2006 – 2013
Faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, New York, NY

1999 – 2009
Trustee of Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

1998 – 2003
Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College University of London, UK

1998 – 2002
Visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Schools of Afro-American and Visual Environmental Studies, Cambridge, MA (1998-2002)

 

Selected Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bard College, Centre for Curatorial Studies Museum, New York, NY
The Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands
Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Colleciòn Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
De La Cruz Collection, Miami, FL
De Pont Museum Collection, Tilburg, Netherlands
Deutsche Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Government Art Collection, London, UK
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian, WA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf
Linda Pace Foundation Collection, San Antonio, TX
Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France
LUMA Foundation, Arles, France
Margulies Collection, Miami, FL
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany
Musac, (Castile and León Museum of Contemporary Art) León, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design, Oslo, Norway
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Sammlung Wemhoner, Berlin, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
Sydney Contemporary, Australia
Tate Modern, London, UK
Towner Eastborune and The Whitworth, United Kingdom (Moving Image Art Fund)
Wemhöner Collection, Herford, Germany
The Wonderful Fund Collection, UK
The Zeitz Foundation Collection Germany
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa