Isaac Julien at Frieze NY Viewing Room
Featuring various media, Victoria Miro Gallery’s presentation for Frieze New York 2021 is a response to a proposal from the art fair organisers, who invited galleries to create a curatorial dialogue with the Vision & Justice Project. The Vision & Justice Project takes as its conceptual inspiration the prescient thinking of Frederick Douglass, in particular his speech Pictures and Progress, also known as Lecture on Pictures, in which Douglass addressed the transformative power of pictures to create a new vision for the nation.
The speech is also one of the key pieces to inspire Isaac Julien's Lessons of the Hour - Frederick Douglass, represented in the fair by the single-screen version of the film installation and photographs. For its viewing room, Victoria Miro Gallery is also presenting works by artists who are first-generation Americans, or are based in, or who have spent a significant amount of time in, the US: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, María Berrío, Yayoi Kusama, Doron Langberg, Wangechi Mutu and Do Ho Suh.