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Isaac Julien

Born in London, Isaac Julien graduated from St. Martin’s School of Art in 1984 with degrees in painting and fine art film. He gained international recognition with his 1989 film, Looking for Langston. An artistic and poetic take on the life of Langston Hughes, the film allowed Julien to place gay male love and desire into the heart of the Harlem Renaissance. Two years later, Julien gained even more recognition with Young Soul Rebels, which was honored at the Cannes Film Festival. Julien’s films often explore themes of male sexuality and racial identity, including the award-winning Long Road to Mazatlan (1999). He has also created numerous award winning visual art installation pieces. His art work has been exhibited internationally in France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, the United States, and other nations as well.