Isaac Julien  (British, 1960) 

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Isaac Julien (British b.1960) is best known as an English filmmaker. He is also known for his work as an installation artist. Julien graduated in 1984 from St. Martin's School of Art, where his studies focused on painting and Fine Art film. Looking for Langston is a film he made in 1989 that is set in Harlem, NY, during the Harlem Renaissancein the 1920s. The film explores and celebrates black identify and gay identity, which are themes Julien's work often explores, as the artist himself is a gay, black man. This film gained Julien his first following as an artist, a following that grew in 1991 with Julien's film Young Soul Rebels, which was awarded the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival for best film.

One of Julien's primary goals as an artist is to tear down the walls that exist between different artistic media such as film, music, painting, theater, photography, and sculpture; he aims to use them in harmony in order to create a compelling visual narrative. These are not the only barriers Julien seeks to tear down. He also fearlessly explores barriers that exist in terms of class, sexuality, and culture. For example, his documentary, BaadAsssss Cinema, explores the phenomenon known as blaxploitation in film.

Julien founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective in 1983, and became a founding member of Normal Films in 1999. In 2001, Julien receive a nomination for the Turner Prize. Julien is the 2003 recipient of the Kunst FilmBiennale in Cologne for Baltimore. In 2008, Derek received various awards, including the Special Teddy from the Berlin International Film Festival, the Documentary Prize from the 34th Seattle International Film Festival, and the Best Documentary award from the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Today, Julien lives and works in London, where he has been a professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design since 2009.

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Isaac Julien, Fantome Creole Series (Papillon no2)

 

Isaac Julien
Fantome Creole Series (Papillon no2)
2005

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Isaac Julien, EMERALD CITY / CAPITAL (Playtime)

 

Isaac Julien
EMERALD CITY / CAPITAL (Playtime)
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Isaac Julien, ALTAR (Playtime)

 

Isaac Julien
ALTAR (Playtime)
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Isaac Julien, HORIZON / ELSEWHERE (Playtime)

 

Isaac Julien
HORIZON / ELSEWHERE (Playtime)
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Isaac Julien, ALL THAT'S SOLID MELTS INTO AIR (Playtime)

 

Isaac Julien
ALL THAT'S SOLID MELTS INTO AIR (Playtime)
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Isaac Julien, ECLIPSE (Playtime)

 

Isaac Julien
ECLIPSE (Playtime)
2013

Victoria Miro Gallery
Isaac Julien, Mise-en-scene (Ten Thousand Waves)

 

Isaac Julien
Mise-en-scene (Ten Thousand Waves)
2010

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Isaac Julien, Nanjing Road Tram (Ten Thousand Waves)

 

Isaac Julien
Nanjing Road Tram (Ten Thousand Waves)
2010

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Isaac Julien, Yishan Island Voyage (Ten Thousand Waves)

 

Isaac Julien
Yishan Island Voyage (Ten Thousand Waves)
2011

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
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Isaac Julien, Yishan Island, The Bridge (Ten Thousand Waves)

 

Isaac Julien
Yishan Island, The Bridge (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010
endura ultra print face-laid on aluminum

 

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Isaac Julien, Untitled

 

Isaac Julien
Untitled, 2001
chromagenic print

 

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Isaac Julien, Fantome Creole Series (Cinema Cinema) (in 2 parts)

 

Isaac Julien
Fantome Creole Series (Cinema Cinema) (in 2 parts), 2005
lambda print, mntd on Diasec

 

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1960   Born in 1960, in England; lives and works in London.
1980 - 1984   Central St. Martin's School of Art, BA Fine Art Film (1st Class Honors)
1987 - 1989   Les Entrepreneurs de L’Audiovisuel European (EAVE), Brussels (Post-Doctoral)
  SELECTED AWARDS
  1991 Semaine de la Critique Prize, Young Soul Rebels, Cannes Film Festival
  1993 John McKnight International Artist Award, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  1995 Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Award, New York University, Centre for Media, Culture and History
  1996 Wexner Museum Fine Arts International Artist Award, Columbus, Ohio
  1997 Pratt and Whitney Canada Grand Prize, 15th International Festival of Films on Art for Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Mask
  1998 Andy Warhol Foundation Award, USA
  1998 Jerome Foundation Award, USA
  1999 Art Pace, International Artist in Residence, San Antonio, Texas
  2001 The McDermott Award, MIT Cambridge Massachusetts
  2002 Eyebeam’s Moving Image Commission program, Artist in Residence, New York, USA
  2002 Ford Foundation Commission, New York, USA
  2002 Bohen Foundation Commission, New York, USA
  2002 Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award, San Francisco, USA
  2003 6th Festival International de Cortometraje y Cine Alternativo de Benalmadena (ficcab), Prize for outstanding career in cinematography, Benalmadena
  2003 Grand Jury Award, KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany
  2003 Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Honorary Degree, Master of Arts
  2005 Aurora Award, Aurora Picture Show, Houston Texas, USA
  SELECTED SCREENINGS/FESTIVALS
  2008 Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
  2008 Derek, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
  2006 Baltimore, Kino Eye Festival, Antwerp, Belgium
  2006 Looking for Langston, 20th Gay and Lesbian Festival, London
  2006 True North (single screen) and Fantôme Afrique (single screen), Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
  2005 Paradise Omeros, Baltimore and True North, Locarno International Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland
  2005 Three and Long Road to Mazatlan, Outfest, Los Angeles
  2005 Territories, Looking for Langston, and Franz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  2005 Three, Long Road to Mazatlan, Vagabondia and Paradise Omeros, La Rochelle, France
  2004 Baadasssss Cinema, ZKM Fate of Alien Mides, Germany
  2004 Baltimore (Single Screen), KunstFilmBiennale tour of Latin America: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
  2004 Frantz Fanon, Åarhus Festival of Contemporary Art, Denmark
  2004 The Long Road to Mazatlan, Pink Screens, Brussels, Belgium
  2004 Frantz Fanon, Dakar Biennale, Senegal, May
  2004 Baltimore and Paradise Omeros, Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea
  2004 Paradise Omeros, Be-bop Sessions Festival, Exeter
  2004 Paradise Omeros. Museé du Louvre, Paris
  2004 Baltimore (triple screen version) Berlin Biennale 04, Germany
  2004 Artist in Focus at Rotterdam Film Festival, showing Baltimore (single screen) Paradise Omeros (single Screen, Vagabondia (single screen), The Long Road to Mazatlan (single screen)
  2003 The Attendant, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 27 November
  2003 Frantz Fanon, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
  2003 Paradise (single screen version), Raindance Film Festival/Dazed & Confused, London
  2003 Baltimore (single screen version), KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany
  2003 Territories, A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London
  2003 Vagabondia, The Long Road to Mazatlan, Baadasssss Cinema, Three, The Attendant, Looking for Langston, MOMA, New York
  2003 Baadasssss Cinema, The Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea
  2002 The Attendant, Nuit Blanche/Nuit Video, Paris
  2003 Three, Electromediascope, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas
  2002 Paradise Omeros, Vagabondia, The Long Road to Mazatlan, Three, The Attendant, Territories Brief Encounters Film Festival, Arnolfini, Bristol
  2002 The Long Road to Mazatlan, The Attendant, Three, Looking for Langston, Contemporary
  2002 Film and Video, Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Touring to: Borås Kunstmuseum, Sweden (12th Sept) and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (27th Sept)
  2002 Franz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask Malmö Film Festival, Sweden
  2002 Paradise Omeros, Tate Britain
  2002 Looking for Langston, The Attendant, Trussed, Vagabondia, Future Past of Visual Culture, Tate Britain
  2002 Looking for Langston, The Long Road Mazatlan, Fierce & Warwick Arts Centre
  2001 Isaac Julien Film Retrospective, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
  2001 Umeå Film Festival, Bildmuseet, Sweden
  2000 Franz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Looking for Langston, The Attendant Künslterhaus, Stuttgart
  2000 Three, International Film Festival Rotterdam
  2000 Three, Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, London
  INSTALLATIONS
  2005 Fantôme Afrique, Triple screen projection, 16mm colour film, DVD transfer. 5.1 Sound. 17 mins
  2005 Fantôme Créole, Four screen projection, 16mm colour film, DVD transfer. 5.1 Sound. 23.27 mins
  2004 True North, Triple screen projection. 16 mm black&white/colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 14.20 min
  2003 Baltimore, Triple screen projection. 16mm black&white/colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 11.36min.
  2002 Paradise Omeros, Triple screen projection. 16mm black&white/colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 20.29 min.
  2000 Vagabondia, Double screen rear projection. 16mm, colour film, video transfer. Sound.7min
  1999 Long Road to Mazatlan, Triple screen rear projection. 16mm, sepia/ colour film, video transfer.Sound.20min
  1999 Conservators Dream, Triple screen projection. 16mm, sepia/ colour film, video transfer. Sound. 6 min
  1999 Three, Single screen projection.16mm, sepia/ colour film, sound 20min
  1997 Fanon SA, Double screen projection. 16mm, colour film, video transfer. Sound. 12 min. (3 x looped sequence)
  1996 Trussed, Double screen projection, 16mm, black & white film, video transfer. Sound. 10 min
  1995 Cartooned Life, Series of seven photographs, linotronic print
  FILMOGRAPHY (selected)
  2007 Derek
  2005 Fantôme Afrique, (single screen), 16mm colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 17.09 min
  2004 Encore II (Radioactive), 16 mm, Super 8 / Digital Betacam, 3 min
  2004 True North, (single screen), 16mm black & white/ colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 14.20 min
  2003 Baltimore, (single screen), 16mm black & white/ colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 12.43min
  2002 BaadAsssss Cinema ,DVD 56 min
  2002 Paradise Omeros, (single screen),16mm black&white/colour film, DVD transfer. Sound. 18.51min
  2000 Vagabondia, 2000,16mm, colour film, video transfer. Sound.7min
  1999 Long Road to Mazatlan, 16mm, sepia/colour film, video transfer.Sound.20min
  1999 The Conservators Dream, 16mm, sepia/colour film, video transfer. Sound. 4 min
  1999 Three, 1999, 35mm, sepia/colour film. Sound. 14 min
  1996 Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Mask, 35mm, colour film. Sound 73 min
  1995 That Rush!, 1995, 16mm, colour film, video transfer. Sound. 7 min
  1994 The Darker Side of Black, 1994 , 16mm, colour film. Sound. 59 min
  1993 The Attendant, 1993, 35mm, colour film. Sound. 10 min
  1991 Young Soul Rebels, 35mm, colour film. Sound. 105 min
  1989 Looking For Langston, 16mm, black & white film. Sound 40 min
  1987 This is Not an AIDS Advertisement, Super 8 colour film, video transfer. Sound 14 min
  1986 The Passion of Remembrance, 16mm, colour film. Sound 95 min
  1984 Territories, 1984,16mm, colour film. Sound. 25 min
  COLLECTIONS
  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  Tate Collection, London, UK
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
  Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
  Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
  Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  MUSAC, Léon, Spain
  Deutsche Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
  Government Art Collection, London, UK
  ACADEMIC POSTS AND TRUSTEESHIPS (selected)
  Visiting lecturer at Hochschule für bildende künste Hamburg
  Visiting lecturer Ecole national supérieure des beaux-arts
  Visiting lecturer at Universita degli Studi di Napolu, Italy
  Visiting Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  Visiting lecturer at Harvard University
  Visiting lecturer Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Programme
  Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College University of London
  Editorial Board of Critical Quarterly (Blackwell, Oxford)
  Trustee of InIVA, London
  Trustee of Art Pace Foundation, San Antonio
  Trustee of Serpentine Gallery, London
2010 - 2011   `WESTERN UNION: Small Boats' (5 screen) in 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
2010 - 2011   8th Shanghai Biennale, China (Ten Thousand Waves single screen collaboration with CHoP, and photographic works)
2010 - 2011   Isaac Julien, BASS Museum, Miami, USA (Solo)
2010   Ten Thousand Waves, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (Solo)
2010   WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, Riso Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Solo)
2010   True North, Akron Art Museum, Ohio, USA (Solo)
2010   WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (Solo)
2010   WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand (Solo)
2010   Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (Ten Thousand Waves, 9 screen)
2010   17th Biennale of Sydney, Beauty of Distance, songs of survival in a precarious age. Directed by David Elliot.
2010   fast forward 2. The Power of Motion, Media Art, Sammlung Goetz, ZKM / Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (Paradise Omeros)
2010   Afro Modern, Tate Liverpool, UK (Cast No Shadow, Western Union Series)
2010   CUE: Artist's Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (Vagabondia, Performing for the Camera)
2010   The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA (Long Road to Mazatlán)
2010   I Love You, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
2010   Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Bienal de Sao Paolo, Brazil
2010   Collected. Reflections on the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA (Paradise Omeros)
2010   Julia Stoschek Collection, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (True North)
2009 - 2010   Installations II: Video from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (Paradise Omeros)
2009   The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, USA
2009   Everywhere. Sexual Diversity Policies in Art: This is not an AIDs advert, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2009   The Margulies Collection, WAREhOUSE, Miami, Florida, USA (WESTERN UNION: Small Boats)
2009   Race to the Top: Arctic Inspirations 1909 & Today, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
2009   Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA (Incognito)
2009   WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (Solo)
2008 - 2009   Exposition Video, Un Art, Une Histoire (1965-2007), Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France
2008   Isaac Julien, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (Solo)
2008   Brutal Beauty: Derek Jarman, Kunsthalle Zurich (solo)
2008   Brutal Beauty: Derek Jarman, Kunsthalle Wien (solo)
2008   Fantôme Afrique, University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara (solo)
2008   Brutal Beauty: Derek Jarman, Serpentine Gallery, London (solo)
2008   Western Union: Small Boats, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid (solo)
2008   Prospect 1 New Orleans, New Orleans
2008   The 7th Gwangju Biennale, Korea
2008   The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image Part II: Realisms, Hirshhorn Museum, DC
2008   Print the Legend, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2008   Fiction Vs Realité, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon Nov 07
2007   Wrestle, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, New York, USA (Trussed)
2007   Video: An Art, A History 1965-2005, MCA Sydney, Australia (Baltimore)
2007   Light, Camera, Action: Artists' Films for Cinema, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (The Attendant)
2007   Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (True North)
2007   Video: An Art, A History 1965-2005, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia (Baltimore)
2007   Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2007   New Media Works from the Goetz Collection, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (Fantôme Créole) (solo)
2007   Currents 99: Isaac Julien, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA (True North photographs) (solo)
2007   Isaac Julien, True North, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia (True North) (solo)
2007   The Secret Public. The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
2006   Rethinking Nordic Colonialism – A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts, Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Sápmi, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden (Looking for Langston)
2006   KunstFilmBiennale Köln, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (24 Sept – 4 Oct)
2006   Video: An Art, A History 1965 – 2005 New Media Collection, Centre Pompidou, Miami Art Central, Miami, 20 September – 10 December 2006 (Baltimore)
2006   Review, Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (Trussed)
2006   Contemporary Commonwealth, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia (Paradise Omeros)
2006   Message Personnel, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
2006   Speaking with Hands – Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
2006   Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to now, Tate Liverpool
2006   Vidéodanse 2006, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2006   Isaac Julien, The Lab at Belmar, Denver, Colorado (Fantôme Afrique and related photos) (solo)
2006   Isaac Julien, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (True North & Fantôme Afrique) (solo)
2006   Isaac Julien, Brandström Stene, Stockholm (True North & Fantôme Afrique) (solo)
2006   Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2005   Isaac Julien, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (solo)
2005   Isaac Juilen, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2005   Isaac Julien, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (solo)
2005   Isaac Julien, MAK Center, Los Angeles, USA (Photographic works) (solo)
2005   Isaac Julien: Fantôme Creole, Centre Pompidou, Paris (True North + Baltimore) (solo)
2005   Isaac Julien, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (Paradise Omeros) (solo)
2005   Isaac Julien, VIVO Open Air, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2005   2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (Before Paradise prints) (18 November 2005 – 20 January 2006)
2005   Temps de Vídeo, Fundació “La Caixa”, works from the collection of the Pompidou, Barcelona (27 September 2005 – 8 January 2006)
2005   Emergencies, MUSAC, Léon, Spain (Paradise Omeros – single screen) (1 April)
2005   25: Deutsche Bank 25th Anniversary Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (30 April – 19 June), traveling to Hara Museum, Tokyo, 25 March – 21 May 2006
2005   The Projected Image, Tate Modern, London (Encore: Paradise Omeros)
2005   3’, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Spain (Encore II: Radioactive) (1 April – 30 May)
2005   ShowCASe Contemporary Art for the UK, City Art Centre + Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (After Mazatlan) (22 January – 12 March)
2004 - 2005   Experiments with Truth, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Penn. (Fanon SA)
2004 - 2005   Utopia Station, Haus der Kunst München, Germany (7 Oct 2004 – 16 Jan 2005) (Lost Boundaries)
2004 - 2005   Needful Things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum of Art, Clevland Ohio (19 September 2004 – 2 January 2005)
2004   Isaac Julien, GL Strand Kunstoreningen, Denmark. (Paradise Omeros, Vagabondia, Radioactive) (solo)
2004   True North, Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal (+ Baltimore + Paradise Omeros) (solo)
2004   Black Atlantic, House of World Cultures, Berlin. (True North+ Paradise Omeros) (solo)
2004   Baltimore, The Contemporary, Baltimore (solo)
2004   Baltimore and Baltimore Series, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid (solo)
2004   Paradise Omeros (with accompanying photo works), Three and Frantz Fanon, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (solo)
2004   Baltimore (with accompanying photo works), TENTCentrum Beeldende Kunst. Rotterdam (solo)
2004   Baltimore (single screen version), Eyebeam, New York (solo)
2004   3’ Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt,Germany.(Encore: Radioactive)
2004   Spread in Prato, Drypoint Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy (Paradise photoworks)
2004   DAK'ART 6eme Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain 2004: Nanook Cinema curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Frantz Fanon and single screen of Baltimore
2004   Permanent Collection, Territories (1984) Pompidou February - December 2004 curated by Christine van Assche
2004   Busan Biennale, Korea (Baltimore)
2004   Deviant Bodies, CEPA Gallery. New York. (The Attendant)
2004   Stranger Than Fiction, Leeds City Art Gallery, touring to: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, Nottingham Castle and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
2004   Whitney Biennial. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. (Baadasssss Cinema)
2004   Berlin Biennale 04, Germany. Baltimore (Triple Screen)
2003   Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance, Tate Liverpool
2003   Isaac Julien: Baltimore and Paradise Omeros, Art Pace, San Antonio (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien: Baltimore, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien: Baltimore and Paradise Omeros, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien: Trussed, Sketch, London (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien: Baltimore, The Aspen Art Museum, Colorado U (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien Bohen Foundation, New York (solo)
2003   Isaac Julien FACT, Film Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool (solo)
2003   Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, touring to Seattle Art Museum (March 25 – June 13, 2004)
2003   Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2003   Love/Hate Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Germany
2003   East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
2003   Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
2003   Utopia Station Poster Project, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy and Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany
2003   Secession Vienna
2003   Independence, South London Gallery, London
2003   Double Vision, Photo Espana, Madrid, Spain
2002   Documenta 11_Platform5: Ausstellung/Exhibition, Binding Building, Kassel Germany
2002   The Gap Show, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
2002   Screen Memories, Art Tower Mito, Japan
2002   New Narratives in Contemporary Photography and Video, Rose Art Musuem, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2002   The Future of Cinema ZKM, Germany (cat)
2002   Les Enfants du Paradis, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris
2001 - 2002   Unpacking Europe, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2000 - 2002   2000-2002 The Film Art of Isaac Julien, Bard Curatorial College, Annandale on, NY, Hudson touring to: Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Bildmuseet Umeå Sweden, Henie Onstad Museum Norway, Yerba Buena Center San Francisco (solo)
2001   Isaac Julien, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (solo)
2001   MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass (solo)
2001   Museum Boijmans Von Beuningen, Rotterdam
2001   The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck Munich,touring to House of World Cultures in the Martin Gropius-Bau Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art New York
2001   Enduring Love, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York
2001   ARSO1, Kiasma / The Finnish National Gallery. Helsinki
2001   Turner Prize Tate Gallery, London
2001   Raw, Victoria Miro Gallery, Wharf Road, London
2000   Vagabondia, Studio Museum, Harlem. NY (solo)
2000   The Long Road to Mazatlan, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (solo)
2000   Cinerama, Corner House Museum, Manchester, touring to South London Gallery (solo)
2000   After Mazatlan, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2000   The Long Road to Mazatlan, Grand Arts, Kansas City (solo)
1999 - 2000   Retrace Your Steps, Sir John Soane Museum, London
1999   Rhapsodies in Black, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1999   The Long Road to Mazatlan, Art Pace, San Antonio (solo)
1999   Three, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
1999   Fanon S.A., The Arena, Oxford Brookes University (solo)
1998   Rhapsodies in Black, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
1998   Rhapsodies in Black, The California Palace of the Legion of Honour, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
1997   Rhapsodies in Black, The Hayward Gallery, London
1997   Scream and Scream Again, The Irish Museum of Modern Art (cat
1997   Scream and Scream Again, Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art
1997   2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg (cat)
1997   The Look Of Love, The Approach, London & Southampton City Art Gallery
1997   Beauty and the Beast, Banff Center for the Arts, Vancouver
1996   Hotter Than July, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
1996   Scream and Scream Again, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1996   British Art Now, Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney
1996   New Histories, ICA, Boston (cat.)
1996   AIDS World, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve (cat.)
1996   AIDS World, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino
1995   Mirage:Enigma of Race, Difference and Desire, ICA, London (cat.)
1993   Abject art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, (cat.)
1991   Cabaret, Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis
1990   Edge 90, Various Sites: London and Newcastle (cat.)
2008    Flash Art, Review, May/June 2008
2008    Karen Wright, The Independent, For the love of Derek, 19 February 2008
2008    Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, RA, Pick of the Bunch, Spring 2008
2008    Jon Savage, Guardian, Against the tide, 14 February 2008
2008    Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Bohemian Rhapsody, 6 – 12 February 2008
2008    David Frankel, Artforum, Isaac Julien, February 2008
2008    Brian Sholis, Artforum.com, There is a light that never goes out, 9 June 2008
2008    Elena Kane, Contemporary. Preview, No.95
2008    Sandra Rehme, Artforum, Critics’ Picks, 12 March 2008
2008    Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times, His Blue heaven, 2 March 2008
2008    Charles Darwent, The Independent on Sunday, The painful history of a modern martyr, 2 March 2008
2008    Laura Cumming, The Observer, Jarman’s Rhapsody in Blue, 2 March 2008
2008    Brian Sewell, The Evening Standard, Where’s the Jarman I knew?, 29 February 2008
2008    Colin McCabe, The New Statesman, Life After Death, 25 February 2008
2008    James Christopher, The Times, How to Repeat the Unique, 20 February 2008
2007    RoseLee Goldberg, Flash Art, Yvonne Rainer, Isaac Julien, Learning how to wear it, November-December 2007
2007    Jennifer Higgie, Frieze, Her (his)tory, November-December 2007
2007    Claudia La Rocco, New York Times, Journeys That Leave the Traveler Changed, November 8 2007
2007    Holland Cotter, New York Times, Isaac Julien, November 2, 2007
2007    Time Out, Isaac Julien, 25 – 31 October 2007
2007    Martina Kudlacek, Bomb, Isaac Julien, Fall 2007
2007    Nadine Meisner, The Sunday Times, The net result is disappointment, 14 October 2007
2007    Zoe Anderson, The Independent, Cast No Shadow, 8 October 2007
2007    Sarah Crompton, The Daily Telegraph, Collaboration between dance and film goes goes swimmingly, 5 October 2007
2007    Debra Craine, The Times, The moves in movies, 5 October 2007
2007    Sarah Crompton, The Daily Telegraph, A dance in the world’s most beautiful room, 29 September 2007
2007    Debra Craine, The Times, A marriage of jigs and reels, 24 September 2007
2007    Roselee Goldberg, Art Asia Pacific, The World is Flat: Isaac Julien, No. 55, September/October 2007, pp 150 - 153
2006    Laura Taubman, Spot, True North: Interview with Isaac Julien, (Houston Center for Photography), Spring 2006, pp 4–7, cover
2006    Martin Herbert, Modern Painters, Pole Positions: Art’s Arctic Adventures, April 2006, pp 62 – 67
2006    Program of the 20th Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, London March-April
2006    Carly Berwick and Eileen Kinsella, ARTnews, New York, February
2006    Flash Art, Isaac Julien, January/February 2006
2006    Elisa Turner, Miami Herald Cinematic artist looks at Peary trip, 23 January 2006
2006    Jonathan Kahana, Film Quarterly Isaac Julien’s Ethics of Listening (on Frantz Fanon), Volume 59 No.2, page 19-31
2006    Holly Willis, Daily Variety, Art meets cinema: celluloid and highbrow ideas converge at pic fest, Sundance Film Festival 2006, page A10, January 19
2006    Isaac Julien: True North – Fantôme Afrique, kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
2006    Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now, Tate Liverpool
2005    Temps de Vídeo, works from the collection of the Pompidou Fundació “La Caixa”, Barcelona
2005    Isaac Julien, True North, MAK, Los Angeles, and MOCA, North Miami
2005    Isaac Julien, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2005    Isaac Julien, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2005    Isaac Julien Deslocamento, Vivo Open Air, Brasil
2005    Aine O’Brien, Circa, Suturing the aesthetic and the political – multiple screens, multiple realities: An interview with Isaac Julien, Aine O’Brien, Issue 114, Winter 2005
2005    Christopher Miles, Artforum, Isaac Julien, November 2005
2005    Joanna Pitman, The Times, A lost people come in from the cold, 18 October 2005
2005    Serena Davies, The Daily Telegraph, In the Studio, 18 October 2005
2005    Malcolm Le Grice, Isaac Julien, Frieze October 2005
2005    Fréderic Bonnet, Noire Élégance, Vogue, 15 May (on Baltimore and Fantôme Créole)
2005    Anne-Sophie Caucheteux, Le Fantôme Créole d’Isaac Julien, Metro (France), 16 June
2005    Christine Van Assche, Black Remix, June (on Baltimore and Fantôme Créole)
2005    Nicolas Thély, Isaac Julien: Cineaste en Noir et Blanc, Beaux-Arts, July
2005    Siobhan Murphy, Looking for Langston, Metro (Ireland), 5 July
2005    Dave Calhoun, Whose Black World?, Time Out London, May 25–June 1
2005    Los Angeles Times, Chilly Image of an Icy Beyond (on True North), 5 August
2005    Uta M.Reindel, Hollywood und Homer, Köln
2005    Anna Lockward, The Black Atlantic, Paradoxes and Certainties, art.es #7, February
2005    Heinz Peter Schwerfel, “Die Ausdehnung des Bildes in Raum und Zeit”, Art das Kunstmagazin, Issue 3, (on True North), March
2005    French Culture Program, “Un Téléviseur, deux Emissions en Simultané”
2005    Catalina Serra, Una exposición en Caixaforum Permite Poner en Pausa la Trepidante
2005    Historia del Vídeo de Creación, El País, (on Baltimore), 28 September
2005    Olga Spiegel, Videoarte, 40 Años de Historia, La Vanguardia, 28 September
2005    Blind Spot, Issue 30, 2005
2005    Isaac Julien, Time Out, Whose Black World?, 25 May 2005
2004    Isaac Julien, Oedipus Directs, Isaac Julien on Baadasssss!, Artforum, Summer 2004
2004    Mariano Navarro, El Cultural, Isaac Julien y el cine de lo real, 27 May 2004
2004    Javier Hontoria, El Cultural, Isaac Julien, 13 May 2004
2004    Calvin Reid, Art in America, Funk Renaissance, March 2004
2004    Isaac Julien, GL Strand Kunstoreningen, Denmark
2004    3’ Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt,Germany
2004    True North, Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal
2004    Black Atlantic, House of World Cultures, Berlin
2004    Experiments with Truth, Frabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
2004    Berlin Biennale 04, Berlin, Germany Baltimore (Triple screen)
2004    Stranger Than Fiction, Leeds City Art Gallery, touring to: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, Nottingham Castle and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
2003    Love/Hate, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Germany
2003    Secession, Vienna
2003    Utopia Station Poster Project, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy and Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany
2003    Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance, Tate Liverpool
2003    Creolite and Creolization, Documenta 11_Platform 3"
2003    Morgan Falconer, Frieze, November 2003
2003    Richard Cork, New Statesman, The Black Half, 6 October 2003
2003    Armond White, New York Press, Badass is Back, vol 16 Issue 47, October 2003
2003    Sukhder Sadhu, The Daily Telegraph, Odyssey of a Lost Soul, 24 September 2003
2003    Charles Darwent, Independent on Sunday, The truth is rarely black and white, 7 September 2003
2003    John Russell Taylor, The Times, Is it a film? Is it a video installation? 17 September 2003
2003    Adrian Searle, The Guardian, Reviews – Art, Adrian Searle, 8 September 2003
2003    Roberta Smith New York Times, Paradise Omeros, Bohen Foundation, July 11 2003
2003    Carly Berwick, Isaac Julien, Vogue Homme International, Winter 2002 – 2003
2003    Chris Kaltenbach, You could call Him a Renaissance Man, Los Angeles Times
2003    Louisa Buck, Isaac Julien: Baltimore Fact, Liverpool, The Art Newspaper, March
2003    John Russell Taylor, The Matter of Fact, The Times, March 12th
2003    Answer the Questions, Isaac Julien, The Independent on Sunday March 9th
2003    Alfred Hickling Isaac Julien: Fact Liverpool. Guardian Unlimited March
2002    Essay from Documenta 11, Exhibition Catalogue – 2002, Paradise Omeros
2002    James Poniewozik, Can you Dig it? Right on!, Time, August 19th
2002    Hal Hinson, Birth of a Genre: The Black Hero Who Talks Back, The New York Times, Sunday August 11th (On Baadasssss Cinema)
2002    Tunku Varadarajan, Shaft and Foxy Revisited, The Wall Street Journal, Friday August 9th (on Baadassss Cinema)
2002    James Poniewozik, Can You Dig It? Right On!, Time, August 19th (On Baadasssss Cinema)
2002    Edward Guthmann, ‘Baad’ Company San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday August 13th (On Baadasssss Cinema)
2002    Michael Freidson, Getting the Shaft, Time Out New York, August 8-15th (On Baadasssss Cinema)
2002    B. Ruby Rich, The Long Road: Isaac Julien in conversation with B. Ruby Rich, Art Journal, Summer 2002
2002    B, Ruby Rich, Still A Soul Rebel, The Advocate, May 14th
2002    Maite Lores, Isaac Julien, Contemporary, June July August 2002
2002    Constanze Ruhm, Spaces of Translation: Speaking One Language, Understanding Another, A Conversation with Isaac Julien, Camera Austria 79, pp. 17-28
2002    Mark Nash, Wait Until Dark, Tate, November/December (on Paradise Omeros)
2002    James Meyer, Tunnel Visions, Artforum, September pp. 168-169
2002    Linda Nochlan, Documented Success, Artforum, September pp. 161-163
2002    Eleanor Heartney, A 600-Hour Documenta, Art in America no.5, September 2002, pp. 87-95
2002    Documenta 11 Kassel, Germany
2002    The Gap Show, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
2002    Screen Memories, Art Tower Mito, Japan
2002    Unpacking Europe, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2001    Isaac Julien, Ellipsis Minigraph, London
2001    Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London
2001    ARSO1, Kiasma / The Finnish National Gallery. Helsinki
2001    The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck Munich,touring to House of World Cultures in the Martin Gropius-Bau Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art and The Museum of Modern Art New York
2001    Vasanthi Dass, Vagabondia: Archiving the Archive, in Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading, p. 350 - 355
2001    Dick Hebdige, Isaac Julien, The Great Divide: Territories, Prince Claus Fund, Journal #7, p.20-21
2001    Lilly Wei, Isaac Julien at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Art in America, May 2001 pp168
2000    Lisa Katzman, A World of Double Outsiders: Gay as Well as Black, The New York Times, Sunday, November 26
2000    Holland Cotter, Eros Cruises the Museum In a Filmmaker’s Dreams, The New York Times, November 24
2000    John L Walters, Noises at an Exhibition, The Guardian, September 29
2000    Judith Palmer, Once upon a time in the West, The Independent, September 19
2000    Adrian Searle, Winsome Cowboys, The Guardian, August 22
2000    Susan Corrigan, Dancing with Dudes, The Times, Metro, August 12 - 18
2000    Erika Muhammad, Reel Stories: Isaac Julien, Index, June / July
2000    Heather Lustfeldt, At Play in the Fields of the American West, Review, April
2000    Okwui Enwezor, Towards a Critical Cinema: The Films of Isaac Julien, February, The Long Road to Mazatlan, Grand Arts, Kansas City
2000    Alice Thornson, Lonesome Cowboy: Issac Julien disrupts the western canon with gay-themed film at Grand Arts. The Kansas City Star. March 19th
2000    Still moving. Hotshoe International. Jan/Feb
2000    The Film Art of Isaac Julien Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, U.S.A
1999    Rhapsodies in Black, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1999    Catherine Elwes, Isaac Julien, Art Monthly, June pp35-37
1999    Francesco Bonami & Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dreams, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L’Arte
1999    Christy Adair & Ramsay Burt, Two into the making of Three, Dance Theatre Journal, Vol 15 No2.
1999    David Frankel, Isaac Julien, The Long Road to Mazatlan, Art Pace, San Antonio
1999    Face to Interface: Isaac Julien, Sight and Sound, September
1998    Michael Corris, Art and Text Issue 63, Nov 98-Jan 99, pp54-59
1998    Manthia Diawara, Moving Company - The Second Johannesburg Biennale, ArtForum vol XXXVI, March 1998, pp87-89
1998    Isaac Julien & Mark Nash, Frantz Fanon: Peau Noire, Masque Blanc
1998    Isaac Julien, Only Angels Have Wings for DIA Centre of The Arts AIDS WORLD: Between Resignation and Hope, pp142-147
1998    Richard J Powell, Black Art and Culture in the Twentieth Century, Thames and Hudson, pp212-213
1998    Roselee Goldberg, Performance and Live Art Since the 60’s, Thames and Hudson, p143
1998    Black Film, British Cinema, ICA Documents 7, pp53-57
1998    Jacqueline Rose, Sexuality and Vision: some Questions, Vision and Visuality, Dia Art Foundation No 2
1998    Frantz Fanon (French text) K Films Edition
1997    Isaac Julien, MOMA Chicago, Program Catalogue. Spring
1997    Robert Stam, Permutations of the Fantonian Gaze; Isaac Julien’s ‘Black Skin White Mask’, Black Renaissance Noire vol 1 no 2 Summer/Fall pp186-192
1997    Richard Cork, Mirage, The Times June 27
1997    Izi Glover, The Look of Love, Frieze Sep/Oct
1997    Die Beute, Edition id-Archive, Summer pp62-66 (interview about Frantz Fanon)
1996    Warren E Crichlow, Popular music, Pedagogy and Cultural Politics in the Films of Isaac Julien, Discourse vol.16 no 3
1996    Kaja Silverman, The Ceremonial Image, The Threshold of the Visible World pp104-121 on Looking For Langston
1996    Charles Gaines, Hotter Than July, Art and Text Issue 55 p84
1996    Richard Cork, Scream and Scream Again, The Times August 6
1996    Isaac Julien & Kobena Mercer, De Margin and De Centre, Black British Cultural Studies pp194-210
1996    Manthia Diawara, Black British Cinema and Identity Formation in Territories, Black British Cultural Studies, pp293-306
1996    Bell Hooks, Thinking Through Class: Paying Attention to The Attendant, Reel to Real: Race Sex and Class at the Movies pp91-97
1996    Isaac Julien, Black British Cinema - Diaspora Cinema, New Histories pp60-64
1996    Alan Read (ed), Film-makers’ Dialogue, The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation
1996    Catherine Elwes, The Big Screen, Art Monthly Issue 199 pp11-16 (on Trussed)
1996    Eddie Chambers, Johannesburg Biennale, Art Monthly Issue 212 pp14-18
1995    Kobena Mercer, Busy in the Ruins of a Wretched Phantasia, Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire, ICA
1995    Bruce Morrow, The Isaac Julien Interview, Callaloo vol 18 no 2 pp406-415
1995    Roy Grundmann, Black Nationhood and the Rest in the West, Cineaste vol XXI nos1-2 pp28-31 (interview)
1995    David Curlis, A Directory of British Film and Video Artists pp86-87
1994    Kobena Mercer & Isaac Julien, True Confessions, Black Male Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art pp191-200
1994    Isaac Julien & Jon Savage (ed),Critically Queer, Critical Quarterly vol 36 No 1 Spring
1994    Isaac Julien, Confessions of a Snow Queen: notes on the making of The Attendant, Critical Quarterly vol 36 no 1 Spring
1994    Jorg Heiser,Batty Boys in Babylon, Spex, Germany pp49-51
1993    Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Black Man’s Burden, Fear of a Queer Planet, Queer Politics and Social Theory (on Looking For Langston)
1993    Craig HauserI, Abject, Abject Art, Repulsion and Desire in American Art, Whitney Museum (on The Attendant)
1993    Paul Gilroy,Climbing the Racial Mountain, a Conversation with Isaac Julien, Small Acts : Thoughts on the Politics of Black Cultures
1993    Jose Arroyo, Look Back and Talk Black: The Films of Isaac Julien, Jump Cut no 36, translated into Japanese for ImageForum April pp88-97
1992    James Saynar, Interview Magazine, January p24
1991    Manthia Diawara, The Absent One: The Avant-Garde and the Black Imaginary in Looking For Langston, Wide Angle vol13 nos 3 & 4 (July -October)
1991    Kobena Mercer, Dark and Lovely, Ten Photo Paperback vol 2 No 1 pp78-86
1991    Adrian Searle, Thumping Pleasure, Artscribe Issue 89 Nov/Dec (on Young Soul Rebels)
1990    Tony Fisher, Looking for Langston. Montageof a Dream Deferred
1988    Coco Fusco, Young British and Black, a monograph on the work of Sankofa Film/Video Collective and Black Audio Collective, Discourses, Conversations in Postmodern Art and culture, The New Museum of Contemporary Art NYC
1988    Armond White, Racing Ahead, Film Comment, pp2-4
1987    Douglas Crimp, How To Have Promiscuity in an Epidemic, pp270-271 (on This Is Not An AIDS Advertisement)