Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Featuring works by Theo Eshetu (born 1958), Isaac Julien (born 1960), Zina Saro-Wiwa (born 1976), Zineb Sedira (born 1963), and Alia Syed (born 1964), this is the first exhibition at the Center exclusively dedicated to video art and the moving image. These five artists are at the forefront of film experimentation today and have played pivotal roles in the increased visibility of moving image works in museums and galleries. While their visual approaches differ greatly, Eshetu, Julien, Saro-Wiwa, Sedira, and Syed all offer contemporary views into British life and culture that expand a sense of national identity and belonging, and encompass a rich and globally dispersed diaspora of African, Asian, and other British cultural histories.

Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain has been co-curated by Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections, and Rizvana Bradley, Assistant Professor of the History of Art, and African-American Studies at Yale University. The exhibition will coincide with the publication Artists’ Moving Image in Britain Since 1989 (fall 2019, Yale University Press).

Film still from Isaac Julien's Lessons of the Hour (detail), courtesy of the artist