Isaac Julien

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Isaac Julien


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University of California Santa Cruz

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United Kingdom



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Isaac Julien, CBE RA is a distinguished filmmaker and installation artist, and Professor, UC Santa Cruz. His multiscreen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language.
Julien was a founding member of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective, one of a number of film and video workshops set up in the UK in the 1980s to engage in a new politics of representation. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his film installations Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). Julien has earned numerous awards, including the Special Teddy for Derek, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin (2008); an Honorary Fellow, University of the Arts, London (2008); the grand jury’s prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale, Cologne, for Baltimore (2003); the Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award (2002); and the McDermott Award, MIT, Cambridge (2001). His work has been shown internationally, most recently in solo exhibitions at SESC Pompeia, São Paolo (2012), Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee (2012), ICA, Boston (2011) and group exhibitions at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (2013) and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). He participated in the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004) and Documenta11 (2002). His work Ten Thousand Waves was shown at MoMA, New York (2013).
His works have shown in solo shows internationally, and he has participated in various biennales. Most recently, he received the Charles Wollaston Award (2017) for most distinguished work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and in 2018 he was made a Royal Academician. Julien was awarded the title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours, 2017.

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“Isaac Julien,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed January 31, 2023,

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