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Isaac Julien has won many awards for his work, including a half a dozen international awards for his seminal film Looking for Langston. In 2001 he was nominated for the Turner Prize for The Long Road to Mazatlan and Vagabondia. Julien studied painting and fine art film at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London; he is currently a faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Professor of Global Art at the University of the Arts. His work is in the collections of Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Norway; Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain; Brandhorst Collection, Munich, Germany; the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation, Paris; LUMA Foundation, Zurich; the Zeitz Foundation, Germany; and the Kramlich Collection. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the De Pont Museum, Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art; and Art Institute of Chicago. Julien lives and works in London.
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Accomplished filmmaker and video installation artist Isaac Julien is well-known for films like Looking for Langston (1989), a poetic treatment of gay black poet Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, and other ground-breaking studies of racial and sexual identity, voyages, and cultural displacement. His multi-screen installations and accompanying photographic works for museums and galleries explore fractured narratives of memory and desire, often uniting elements from dance, painting, sculpture, theater, and music. The nine-screen installation Ten Thousand Waves (2010) investigates China's ancient past and changing present through interwoven narratives.
British, b. 1960, London, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom