18 Oct 2012

18 Oct, 5:30 PM


Isaac Julien

October 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
Language: English
Entrance: Visitors only pay entrance to the museum (special discounts apply).
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to reservations@stedelijk.nl, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the event for which you want to reserve a seat. 

The Stedelijk is presenting a special stedelijk|film evening with the British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, in cooperation with the EYE, Amsterdam’s new film museum. During this evening, Julien will show several of his films and will be interviewed by Stedelijk curator Bart Rutten. This stedelijk|film event is linked to the exhibition, Expanded Cinema: Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan, Yang Fudong, which can be seen at the EYE from September 28 to December 2, 2012.

Isaac Julien is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited all over the world and who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. During this evening, he will show three works: Western Union: Small Boats (2007, 18 minutes), True North (2004, 18 minutes), and Paradise Omeros (2002, 18 minutes 46 seconds). The three works are thematically linked and explore the importance of geographical location as a significant factor in forming a cultural identity. Different regions in the world are contrasted in these films, which were originally exhibited in the form of an installation. The three works explore themes such as illegal migration, the development of history through modernism, nomadic existence, and the effect of language on identity and multiculturalism – which together address the larger question of cultural identity.

Bart Rutten, curator of contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum, will interview Julien during this evening. Rutten is an expert in the field of experimental, contemporary film and video art.

stedelijk|film with Isaac Julien is organized in cooperation with the EYE and is related to a detailed EYE program in which Julien plays a role. All visitors who attend the stedelijk|film event on October 18 will be presented a voucher with which they can visit the EYE exhibition and related Isaac Julien events. A summary of events is shown below:

  •  Exhibition: Expanded Cinema: Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan, Yang Fodong, September 28 to December 2, 2012 (EYE, Ijpromenade 1). Discount applies until October 22, 2012. 
  •  Isaac Julien special (together with stedelijk|film evening): screening of Frantz Fanon. Black Skin, White Mask (1996) and Looking for Langston (1989), with an introduction by Isaac Julien and a Q&A with Isaac Julien and Jaap Guldemond on October 20, 2012, 7 pm; screening of Derek (2008) on October 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm. 

For further information about the film program and the EYE’s exhibition, Expanded Cinema, please visit www.eyefilm.nl . Gallery Ron Mandos is currently showing the exhibition "Better Life (Ten Thousand Waves)" by Isaac Julien. For more information, please check www.ronmandos.nl.

More information about Isaac Julien:

Isaac Julien is one of the most important artists who has been working in the field of the moving image for the last 25 years. His work comprises different artistic disciplines derived from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture, and he unites these to create a unique, poetic visual language in audio-visual film installations. In 2001, Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). He won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival with his feature film Young Soul Rebels. Julien is represented in museums and private collections all over the world, including the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Brandhorst Museum. For further information, see www.isaacjulien.com.