Victoria Miro presents an exhibition of newly conceived photographic works by Isaac Julien, focusing on his latest work, Once Again… (Statues Never Die).
Once Again… (Statues Never Die) is an immersive five-screen installation by artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien. Commissioned by the Barnes Foundation in celebration of its centenary, the work explores the relationship between Dr. Albert C. Barnes, who was an early US collector and exhibitor of African material culture, and the famed philosopher and cultural critic Alain Locke, known as the ‘Father of the Harlem Renaissance’.
Once Again… (Statues Never Die) examines the significant and often neglected place of African objects in numerous collections of western art museums. Utilising poetic reparation and historical archives – drawing on Julien’s extensive research in the archives of the Barnes Foundation – the film explores the impact of Locke’s political philosophy and cultural organising activities on Dr. Barnes’s pioneering art collecting and his democratic, inclusive educational enterprise.
Aspects of the film are expanded upon in Julien’s new series of photographic works on view at Victoria Miro.
|Duration||02 May 2023 - 04 June 2023|
|Venue||Victoria Miro London|
|Address||16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW|
|Contact||4402073368109 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.victoria-miro.com|