Untitled (True North), 2004 - Isaac Julien

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About Untitled (True North)

Northern oceans and frozen glaciers collide in the still winter of the bright and brutal Arctic North. Untitled (True North) was developed alongside Julien's 2004 sound-and-video installation, which would eventually become the first part of a three-part evening-length performance ...

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Northern oceans and frozen glaciers collide in the still winter of the bright and brutal Arctic North. Untitled (True North) was developed alongside Julien's 2004 sound-and-video installation, which would eventually become the first part of a three-part evening-length performance Cast No Shadow, a Performa Commission for 2007. True North is based on the story of Matthew Henson, a largely forgotten black engineer who was one of the first individuals to reach the North Pole. Illuminating issues of race, gender, and globalization, this photograph depicts actress Vanessa Myrie, the heroine of Julien's narrative, who acts as a stand-in for Henson. Her poised, graceful, feminine presence is in stark contrast to the notions of masculinity associated with Arctic exploration.

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About the Artist

About Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien emerged in the 1980s as a filmmaker, and is now a film and video installation artist of international renown. His early works such ...Read More
Isaac Julien emerged in the 1980s as a filmmaker, and is now a film and video installation artist of international renown. His early works such as Looking for Langston (1989), a documentary about the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, revolve around the formation of black and gay identity. More recent projects include the nine-screen film installation Ten Thousand Waves, a sweeping, non-linear look at Chinese rural culture and mythology.

Julien, who is based in Britain, has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize (2001). He has had solo shows at the Pompidou Center in Paris (2005), MoCA Miami (2005), and the Kerstner Geselleschaft in Hanover (2006), and has participated in the Venice, Sydney, Gwangju, and New Orleans Biennials.Read Less

Untitled (True North), 2004

Isaac Julien

Photograph
Size Price
18.00" x 18.00" $5,000
Edition of 15

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Description

C-print on Hahnemuhle paper.

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Signed and numbered by the artist.

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