Upcoming Event: RM Sunday Screening: Young Soul Rebels by Isaac Julien

We are delighted to welcome you back to the gallery for a new RM Sunday Session. Upcoming Sunday we will be hosting an one of a kind screening during which we will be screening another one of Isaac Julien’s iconic queer films: Young Soul Rebels.

The debut feature film from director Isaac Julien, Young Soul Rebels is a fascinating look at British culture in the late 1970s.

Young soul DJ Chris becomes implicated in a murder. The film is set in 1977, during the week of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Together with his partner Caz, Chris, a young black London DJ, runs pirate radio station Soul Patrol from an East End garage. When a mutual friend is murdered whilst cruising in a London park, Chris is arrested for the murder.

“In a sense, though, Young Soul Rebels is a time machine, and we would do well to inquire as to what exactly Julien was traveling toward, and away from—that is, why the 1970s in general might have offered an intriguing alternative to the 1980s, when the film was conceived, or to 1991, when it would be released. The year 1977 marks a moment prior to the scourge of aids, and, just as momentously, prior to the horror that was Margaret Thatcher. In Young Soul Rebels Julien sought to redraw the significance of the Jubilee in its own era, a signifier not merely of triumphant royalty but of defiant whiteness. It was a moment dominated by increasing racial strife, neofascist strength, punk music, Soul-Funk, pirate radio, and queer emergence.”

B. Ruby Rich in Soul Patrol, RIOT, 2014

Please note that there are a limited amount of seats available for this event, therefore RSVP is mandatory.


RM Sunday Screening: Young Soul Rebels by Isaac Julien
Date: Sunday 2 August 2020
Screening: 13:00 – 14:30 (popcorn included)
Gallery Tour: 14:45 – 15:45 (w. Nick Majoor-Arie, Gallery Director)
Location: Galerie Ron Mandos | Prinsengracht 282 | Amsterdam

ABOUT Isaac Julien

Filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien CBE RA, was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. His multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. His 1989 documentary-drama exploring author Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance titled Looking for Langston garnered Julien a cult following while his 1991 debut feature Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Having recently worked on conserving and restoring Looking for Langston images from his extensive archive, he exhibited of photographic works at Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2017), Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2016) and Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam (2016) with a screening of the film in its original 16mm print at Tate Britain.

Julien’s solo exhibitions and presentations include Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town (2017); Platform-L Contemporary Art Centre, Seoul (2017); The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (2017); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (2016); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2016); De Pont Museum, Netherlands (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2013); The Bass Museum, Miami (2010); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2009); Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005). His latest work, Stones Against Diamonds, was shown in 2015 as part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme at the Venice Biennale, at Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.

Julien participated in the Venice Biennale at the inaugural Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th edition in 2017 with Western Union: Small Boats. Previously, he presented Kapital and directed Das Kapital Oratorio in the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, in 2015. His work has also been exhibited in the 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2008); Prospect 1, New Orleans (2008); Performa 07, New York (2007) and in documenta 11, Kassel (2002).

Julien’s work is held in collections that include: Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the LUMA Foundation, Arles; the Kramlich Collection; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town. In 2016 the Towner Art Gallery Collection (Eastbourne, UK) acquired Ten Thousand Waves (2010) as part of a Moving Image Fund program. Ten Thousand Waves, a globally acclaimed multiple screen installation work, premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennale and has gone on to be exhibited extensively – recently at Platform-L in Seoul (2017) and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2016) as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013, with whom he also published a comprehensive monographic survey of his life and work, titled ‘Riot’.

Julien has taught extensively, holding posts such as Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London (2014-2016) and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany (2008 – 2016). He is the recipient of the James Robert Brudner ‘83 Memorial Prize and Lectures at Yale University (2016). Most recently he received the Charles Wollaston Award (2017), for most distinguished work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and in 2018, he was made a Royal Academician. Julien was awarded the title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours, 2017.