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 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.