Film screening and artist talk: Looking for Langston
Filmmaker and artist Isaac Julien in conversation
Join us for a screening of celebrated British filmmaker/installation artist Isaac Julien’s seminal work Looking for Langston (1989).
Shot in luminous monochrome, Looking for Langston is a lyrical reimagining of the Harlem Renaissance and the life of its poet laureate, Langston Hughes (1902-1967). The film weaves found footage, theatrical tableaux, dance and poetry into a groundbreaking meditation on black gay desire, representation and memory.
The film is a seamless blend of archival and reconstructed scenes. It invokes photographic pasts – amongst others, the work of Robert Mapplethorpe – and participates in the critical interventions of the 1980s black British film movement. Julien, alongside members of the pioneering Sankofa Film and Video Collective, sought an ‘aesthetic of reparation’ – a cinematic vernacular which explored ‘different ways in which one could redeem how the black subject was represented’.
This is a rare opportunity to see this landmark work in its recently restored, original 16mm format and to hear the artist discuss its legacies.
Following the screening, Isaac Julien will be in conversation with the Gallery’s deputy director and director of collections, Maud Page.
Image: Isaac Julien. Photo by Thierry Bal, 2017.
Wednesday 14 February 2018, 7.15pm
No advance bookings. Films start at the advertised time. Doors open 15 minutes before. Tickets are issued at the Domain Theatre one hour before. Latecomers not admitted. Babes in arms not permitted.
See also: Film series: Lost New York
Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Related exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe