Isaac Julien: Western Union Small Boats

Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, 2008
15 January - 15 March 2008

Western Union: Small Boats is the final part in the trilogy of audiovisual installations opening with True North (2004) and continued with Fantôme Afrique (2005). Now, his new work focuses on the life journey of African migrants trying to enter Europe. Deeply moved by the photographs of corpses washed ashore on Spanish beaches, Julien began a process of research that took him from the remote Chinese province of Fujian to the coast of Sicily. Isaac Julien tells us the story of those migrants—whom Walter Benjamin called “angels”—from an Africa tore by the contradictions of modernism, to a Europe entrenched behind its privileges and its security.

(Source: Galería Helga de Alvear)

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