Isaac Julien is a filmmaker and installation artist. 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 Langstongarnered Julien a cult following while his 1991 debut feature Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Julien’s solo exhibitions and presentations include Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Cape Town, Africa, 2017); Platform-L Contemporary Art Centre (Seoul, Korea, 2017); The Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada, 2017); Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France, 2016); MAC Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico, 2016); De Pont Museum (Netherlands, 2015); Museum of Modern Art (New York, US, 2013); Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, US, 2013); The Bass Museum (Miami, US, 2010); Museum Brandhorst (Munich, Germany, 2009); Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland, 2005); and Centre Pompidou (Paris, France, 2005). Julien participated in the Venice Biennale in 2017 and 2016.
Julien currently lives and works in London, UK.