Isaac Julien (born 1960) English Artist
Isaac Julien expresses himself through installations and films. “One of his objectives is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting these to construct a powerfully visual narrative”.
I was in Shanghai, Moganshan disctrict, when I saw one of his project for the first time: Ten Thousand Waves. It was a unique experience, sitting on the ShanghART gallery carpet, looking of the 9 different screens, listening the sound filling the room… Watching a superb film which was telling a story about China. “The work poetically weaves together stories linking China’s ancient past and present. Through an architectural installation, the work explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys.”
Ten Thousand Waves
Conceived and made over four years, TEN THOUSAND WAVES sees Julien collaborating with some of China’s leading artistic voices, including the legendary siren of Chinese cinema Maggie Cheung; rising star of Chinese film Zhao Tao; poet Wang Ping; master calligrapher Gong Fagen; artist Yang Fudong; acclaimed cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi; and a 100-strong Chinese cast and crew. The film’s original musical score is by fellow East Londoner Jah Wobble and The Chinese Dub Orchestra and contemporary classical composer Maria de Alvear.