Ten Thousand Waves

When 17 Feb 2012 - 30 Jun 2012
Where Linda Pace Foundation
112 W. Rische
San Antonio, TX 78204
United States
Enquiry 210.226.6663

Isaac Julien, Green Screen Goddess Triptych (Ten Thousand Waves) (Detail), 2010. Courtesy of the artist

February 17 – June 30, 2012

Opening and Conversation with the Artist: February 17, 6 – 9pm

Press Release:

‘TEN THOUSAND WAVES’ was filmed on location in China and poetically weaves together stories linking China’s ancient past and present. The work explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys. Conceived and created over four years, Julien collaborated with some of China’s leading artistic voices, including: the legendary siren of Chinese cinema Maggie Cheung; rising star of Chinese film Zhao Tao; poet Wang Ping; master calligrapher Gong Fagen; artist Yang Fudong; acclaimed cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi; and a 100-strong Chinese cast and crew. The original musical score is by Julien’s fellow East Londoner Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra, as well as contemporary classical composer Maria de Alvear.

‘The original inspiration for “TEN THOUSAND WAVES” was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle-pickers died,’ says Julien. ‘The work links the Shanghai of the past and present, symbolising the Chinese transition towards modernity, aspiration and affluence—the so-called “Better Life.” I employed the visual language of ghost stories, with recurrent figures and images appearing and disappearing.’

‘TEN THOUSAND WAVES’ crosses the boundaries of past and present, fiction and reality, and feature film and documentary. Connecting social, psychological, aesthetic, mythic, and spiritual dimensions, Julien engages the viewer with poetic beauty while encouraging the critical inquiry of Western-centric cultural globalisation.

The exhibition will be inaugurated with a special event, a conversation between Isaac Julien and Steven Evans, Linda Pace Foundation Executive Director and Curator, on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Foundation’s private exhibition space in San Antonio.

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