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Interview with Isaac Julien

Year: 2009, 12 mins
Code: EX-Is17bS

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Blurring the boundaries between the fine and applied arts.


Isaac Julien was born in London, England, where he currently lives and works. Julien attended St Martin's School of Art, graduating in 1984. He founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective in 1983-84, and was a founding member of Normal Films in 1993. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for The long road to Mazatl in 1999, made in collaboration with Javier de Frutos.

Earlier works include the documentary Looking for Langston, 1989; the Cannes prizewinning Young soul rebels, 1991; and Frantz Fanon: Black skin and white mask, 1996.
Isaac Julien is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and the Whitney Museum of American Arts' Independent Study Program. He is currently Visiting Mellon Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2001 Julien was the recipient of the MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. In 2003 his video installation Baltimore won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale, Cologne.

Exhibition venues in 2005 include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MAK Center, Los Angeles; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. A re-working of Paradise Omeros, titled Encore (Paradise Omeros Redux), was shown at Tate Modern, London, UK in 2003.

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