Phot by Thierry Bal
Photo by Thierry Bal

Residency Dates: October 14, 2018 - November 03, 2018
Application Deadline: May 13, 2018

Filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien CBE, was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. His multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. His 1989 documentary-drama exploring author Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance titled Looking for Langston garnered Julien a cult following while his 1991 debut feature Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Having recently worked on conserving and restoring Looking for Langston images from his extensive archive, he exhibited of photographic works at Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2017), Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2016) and Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam (2016) with screenings of the film in its original 16mm print to follow.

He has also had one-person exhibitions of work at: The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston (2011); L’Atelier Hermès, Seoul (2011); Kunstnernes Hus. Oslo (2011); The Bass Museum, Miami (2010); Helsinki Festival, Kunsthalle Helsinki (2010); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2008); Kestnergesellschart, Hannover, (2006) Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005). His latest work, Stones Against Diamonds, was shown in 2015 at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.

He first participated in the Venice Biennale in 2009 and then returned to present KAPITAL Oratorio in the 56th edition, curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2015, as well as Western Union: small boats at the inaugural Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th edition in 2017. His work has also been exhibited in the 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2008); Prospect 1, New Orleans (2008); and Performa 07, New York.

Julien’s work is held in collections that include: Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, and in 2016, the Towner Art Gallery Collection (Eastbourne, UK) acquired Ten Thousand Waves as part of a Moving Image Fund program. Ten Thousand Waves, a globally acclaimed multiple screen installation work, premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennale and has gone on to be exhibited extensively – recently at Platform-L in Seoul (2017) and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2016) as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013, with whom he also published a comprehensive monographic survey of his life and work, titled Riot’.

Julien has taught extensively, holding posts such as Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London (2014-2016) and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany (2008 – 2016). He is the recipient of the 83rd James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize and lectured at Yale University (2016). Most recently he received the Charles Wollaston Award (2017), for most distinguished work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and 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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Residency Statement

I want to work with visual artists and curators whose practice is grounded in filmmaking, video and installation art. They should have a strong interest in cultural studies, historical critique, global politics, the borders between fiction and documentary, and the different narrative possibilities involved in filmmaking. The ideal participant will have an emerging or established career, and will master the techniques and processes involved in film production and exhibition making. I’m interested in working with a diverse group, from various cultural backgrounds.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit a 500-word letter of intent and ten images representative of their practice.  (.jpg, .pdf, doc, .docx, – no more than 10mb each)

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance.

For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

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