April 25. Isaac Julien. Artist talk & projection

Baltimore I 2003, Installation view, 3rd Berlin Biennial, Germany, Three-screen installation, black & white / colour, 16mm, DVD transfer, sound, 11’00″ Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Metro Pictures, New York and Galería

Tip. April 25
Retrospective Isaac Julien artist talk and projection of „Baltimore“ (2003, 12’43’’, enOV)

Inspired by blaxploitation movies while he was filming his documentary „Baadasssss Cinemaz”, Julien appropriates the styles, gestures, language and iconography of the genre to create a work that defies easy categorization. Starring veteran black actor and director Melvin Van Peebles, „Baltimore” was designed in part as homage to Van Peebles’ movies. It unites three Baltimore museums with blaxploitation cinema, the tough talking, hard-living symbol of black empowerment that Van Peebles helped usher in with his 1971 movie „Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”. „Baltimore” is ironic and funky, nostalgic and futuristic, rough and fine. It is characterized by oscillation and an insistent formal play with linear perspective which also pays homage to Piero della Francesca and more particularly, a painting of unknown authorship, c.1500 known as “View of an Ideal City” which features in the collection of the Walters Art Museum.