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ART REVIEW: Isaac Julier - Ten Thousand Waves

Isaac Julien's installation Ten Thousand Waves combines documentary, fantasy and film essay elements to explore issues surrounding labour migration and landscape and is part of a series of moving image acquisitions by The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

Julien is a Turner-Prize nominated filmmaker and installation artist from London who specialises in multi-screen installations. His other notable works include the 1989 documentary-drama about the life of writer Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. He quickly developed a cult following which continues today. His website also showcases the amazing breadth of this previous as well as current works :www.isaacjulien.com/


The three screen installation has been on exhibition since the 10th March 2018. The film runs for just under 50 minutes and features the likes of Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao. Video artist Yang Fudong and poet Wang Ping also appear on-screen.

It opens with the Morecambe rescue mission of 23 Chinese cockle-pic…

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