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Isaac Julien: True North
June 16 @ 11:00 am - September 4 @ 6:00 pm CDTFree
This installation by British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is loosely based on the journey of Matthew Henson (1866–1955), the African-American explorer who was widely believed to be the first person to reach the geographic North Pole 113 years ago. Julien’s immersive three-screen projection “True North” (2004) depicts a lone, fur-clad figure crossing a snowy white landscape. In so doing, Julien reinserts Henson’s significant contributions, which were largely overlooked, into the historical record.
Known for his poetic, meditative multi-screen film installations and photographs, Julien often uses landscape to present counter histories. His work is known for its non-narrative style that examines black and queer identities, diaspora, migration and underlying effects of capitalist economic systems. In True North, the vast, icy landscapes and the struggling, meandering figure contrast typical heroic tales of exploration and discovery.