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Isaac Julien What Freedom is to Me

A black and white photograph of a man wearing a tuxedo in the snow

Isaac Julien What Freedom is to me - Homage 2022 © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro

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, 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 will present 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.

Film Duration

The films inside the exhibition have a combined length of 3hours 39min 33sec.

  1. Once Again… (Statues Never Die) 2022 – 32min 32sec
  2. Western Union: Small Boats 2007 – 18min 22sec
  3. Ten Thousand Waves 2010 – 49min 51sec
  4. Looking For Langston 1989 – 46min 29 sec
  5. Lessons Of The Hour 2019 – 28min 46 sec
  6. Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement 2019 – 39min 18sec
  7. Vagabondia 2000 – 13min 17sec

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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26 April – 20 August 2023

  • Members enjoy free entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card.
  • Open until 22.00 for Late at Tate Britain


£17 / Free for Members

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In partnership with

Supported by

With additional support from

Isaac Julien Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Cockayne – Grants for the Arts

The London Community Foundation

Victoria Miro

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

Tate Patrons

Pushing video installation into new territory

The Art Newspaper

It’s too much, too poignant and beautiful, to take in with just one viewing

Style Weekly

Isaac has an ability to seamlessly blend fractured narratives into poetic masterpieces


Julien’s work is more than cinematic; as the viewer, you become engulfed


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