Tate Galleries 2023by Alexa Dalby
ISAAC JULIEN: WHAT FREEDOM IS TO ME
The first major UK exhibition by one of today’s most compelling artists and filmmakers
Celebrated for his compelling lyrical films and his video art installations, Sir Isaac Julien is one of the leading artists working in film and video today.
This ambitious solo exhibition reveals the scope of Julien’s pioneering work in film and installation from the early 1980s through to the present day. The exhibition highlights Julien’s critical thinking and the way his work breaks down barriers between different artistic disciplines, drawing from film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture by utilising the themes of desire, history and culture.
The exhibition presents works from early films to large-scale, multi-screen installations which investigate the movement of peoples across different continents, times and spaces. Isaac Julien’s work across forty years will be presented for the first time in the UK.
The films inside the exhibition have a combined length of 3hours 39min 33sec.
- Once Again… (Statues Never Die) 2022 – 32min 32sec
- Western Union: Small Boats 2007 – 18min 22sec
- Ten Thousand Waves 2010 – 49min 51sec
- Looking For Langston 1989 – 46min 29 sec
- Lessons Of The Hour 2019 – 28min 46 sec
- Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement 2019 – 39min 18sec
- Vagabondia 2000 – 13min 17sec
CAPTURING THE MOMENT
Explore the dynamic relationship between contemporary painting and photography.
This group exhibition unfolds as an open-ended conversation between some of the greatest painters and photographers of recent generations, looking at how the brush and the lens have been used to capture moments in time, and how these two mediums have inspired and influenced each other.
The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see extraordinary works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection in dialogue with Tate’s collection, including paintings by Francis Bacon, Cecily Brown, Alice Neel and Gerhard Richter and photographs by Thomas Struth, Dorothea Lange, Andreas Gursky and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Recent additions to Tate’s collection including works by Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Laura Owens, Michael Armitage and Louise Lawler will also be showcased.