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Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves

Visual arts

Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves

Ten Thousand Waves is a 9-screen installation shot on location in China. The work poetically weaves together stories linking China's ancient past and present. Through an architectural installation, the work explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys.

The original inspiration for the work was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle-pickers died. In response to this event, Julien commissioned the poet Wang Ping to come to England and write Small Boats, a poem that is recited in the work. In the successive years, Julien has spent time in China slowly coming to understand the country and its people's perspectives and developing the relationships that have enabled him to undertake this rich and multifaceted work.

Ten Thousand Waves sees Julien collaborating with some of China's leading artistic voices, such as actress Maggie Cheung.

In co-operation with Kunsthalle Helsinki (Helsingin Taidehalli)

Photo:Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London / Metro Pictures, New York / Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid



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