To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is pleased to present seminal work Looking For Langston (1989/2017) by Isaac Julien, acclaimed British filmmaker / installation artist. The solo exhibition Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston will feature newly-conceived, large-scale and silver gelatin photographic works and Julien’s award-winning film. The film’s narrative focuses on the life of poet Langston Hughes and his relationship to fellow Harlem Renaissance artists. Its focus on a Black, Queer experience within the American cultural landscape retains its urgency and relevance.
Our exhibition coincides with a special daytime screening of Looking for Langston in its original 16mm format at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday 24 February 2018. Following the screening, Isaac Julien will be in conversation with the Art Gallery of New South Wales curator. Referencing works by James Van der Zee, George Platt Lynes and Robert Mapplethorpe, the celebrated film is a lyrical study of the history of 1930s black-and-white African American photography and 1980s Queer cultures. The 1989 film is a landmark in the exploration of artistic expression, a hallmark of New Queer Cinema and regarded as a touchstone for the African-American Studies for nearly 30 years.