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Isaac Julien at IMMA
The first exhibition in Ireland by the renowned British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 21 September 2005. Isaac Julien comprises three audiovisual works Paradise Omeros, 2002, Vagabondia, 2000, and The Long Road to Mazatlán, 1999. Each work will be shown for one month and the exhibition space will be re-configured to a two-screen or three-screen format creating a specific environment for each work. Isaac Julien effortlessly breaks 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 powerful visual narrative.
The first film in this exhibition Paradise Omeros was much celebrated at Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, in 2002. The installation delves into the fantasies and feelings of "creoleness" - the mixed language, the hybrid mental states and the territorial transpositions that arise when one lives in multiple cultures. Using the recurrent imagery of the sea, the film sweeps the viewer into a poetic meditation on the ebb and flow of self and stranger, love and hate, war and peace, xenophobe and xenophile. Paradise Omeros is set in London in the 60s and on the Caribbean island of St Lucia today and is loosely based on some of Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott’s poems from Omeros. Derek Walcott and the musician and composer Paul Gladstone Reid collaborated with Julien on the text and score for the film. Paradise Omeros is co-scripted by Isaac Julien and Grischa Duncker.
Vagabondia was filmed in Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Here a conservator, played by Cleo Sylvestre, reveals to the viewer the hidden histories and objects within the museum's cornucopia of curios, collected by Soane during his Grand Tour. Into this environment Julien places a Vagabond who brings the spirit of the Grand Tour back to life through his movements which where choreographed by the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Javier de Frutos.
Exhibitions in 2005 include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, MAK Center, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Isaac Julien is currently visiting Mellon Professor at University of Pittsburgh and is a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery and InIVA in London and of the Art Pace Foundation in San Antonio in Texas.
Exhibition Screening Dates
The exhibition is curated by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA.
A fully-illustrated catalogue, with texts by scholars Giuliana Bruno and José Esteban Muñoz, Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA, Seán Kissane, and an interview with Derek Walcott by Marie-Hélène Laforest, accompanies the exhibition (price €29.00).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Mondays and 24 – 27 December Closed
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12 September 2005
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