Panel: Isaac Julien as Collaborator

December 1, 2023

About this program

Nina Kellgren, cinematographer, and Mark Nash, independent curator, film historian, and filmmaker, will discuss the purpose and methodological significance of collaboration in Julien’s filmmaking. Since Julien's emergence as a filmmaker with Sankofa Film and Video Collective in the early 1980s, collaboration has been a political imperative and a defining element of his film production. He has established a community of practitioners with whom he collaborates and engenders reciprocal, creative partnerships with the artists, musicians, and performers who feature in his work. Moderated by Karen Alexander, independent curator and lecturer.

About the exhibition

Isaac Julien’s immersive multichannel film installation Lina Bo Bardi—A Marvellous Entanglement (2019) offers a poetic portrait of the leading architect of Brazilian modernism, Lina Bo Bardi. The nine-screen installation envisioned for the Yale Architecture Gallery ignites a conversation between Bo Bardi’s landmark buildings in Brazil and Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist design for the Yale School of Architecture (1963). The exhibition is on view at the Yale Architecture Gallery through December 10, 2023. 

About the series

To mark the collaborative exhibition of Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi—A Marvellous Entanglement, by the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale School of Architecture, this online conversation series explores themes and methodologies central to Sir Isaac Julien’s filmmaking practice.