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An engrossing book about one of the most important and pioneering contemporary artists and filmmakers working today

Celebrated for his powerful and poetic films and installations, Isaac Julien is one of the most important and pioneering contemporary artists and filmmakers working today. His work transgresses the boundaries between artistic disciplines in thought-provoking meditations on race, sexuality, legacies of colonialism, and migration that resonate in the present day. This book showcases a selection of key works spanning Julien's career to date--from early work as part of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (1983-92) to his most recent works including his critically acclaimed ten-screen film installation Lessons of the Hour (2019), a portrait of the life and times of Frederick Douglass, the visionary African American orator, philosopher, and self-liberated freedom-fighter, and 2022's Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die). With stunning images of Julien's films, an engrossing selection of archive photos, and a wide range of contributors who offer contrasting perspectives, this book is sure to enrich any reader's experience and appreciation of these deeply moving works.

ISBN-13: 9781849768399

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Publication Date: 10-10-2023

Pages: 208

Maria Jane Balshaw is director of the Tate art museums and galleries, an appointment that was confirmed by the UK prime minister in January 2017 and made her the first female director of the Tate.