PLASMA-Performances, Lectures & Screenings of Media Art presents
Isaac Julien, Installation Artist & Filmmaker
Isaac Julien is an internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, The Departments of Art and Media Study have hosted his visit as the WBFO Visiting Scholar in the Arts for the Spring 2017 semester at UB. His early films Young Soul Rebels and Looking for Langston are much studied, now canonical attempts to grapple with the intersection of race and sexuality, an intersection embodied by the black, queer filmmaker himself. More recent work, such as the critically acclaimed nine-screen film Ten Thousand Waves, recently shown at MOMA, broaden his examination of identity to include such issues as transnational migration, environmental degradation, and rapacious capitalism. He is widely considered one of the greatest living artistic filmmakers today, and his contribution was central to the conceptualization of this year’s Venice Bienale, the oldest and most celebrated international art exhibition.