Paradise Omeros is part of Where cloudy waters collide… at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Isaac Julien’s Paradise Omeros (2002) is part of the exhibition Where cloudy waters collide… at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. The exhibition presents photographic works taken during the making of the film; rather than films stills, each was shot separately on a medium format camera. Capturing the idyllic scenery of St. Lucia and using the metaphor of the sea as a space for cross-cultural exchange, the series looks at the hybrid mental states that arise from living between cultures.
This exhibition exhibition brings together works by Isaac Julien, Merikokeb Berhanu, Nasim Hantehzadeh, Abdoulaye Konaté, Tamar Mason, José Vera Matos, and Alyina Zaidi, each of whom explores notions of relation, opacity, and rootedness. Through subverting empirical cartography in favour of mapping the ‘in-between’ – the body and the mind, the mythological and the ritualistic, the ‘illicit’ and the invisible – they interrogate inter-cultural exchanges, reimagining and deliberately questioning official accounts of the world.