Sharjah Biennial 15 and Isaac Julien's Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) among the must see shows in the latest issue of Artforum
In a feature for Artforum’s May issue, Siddhartha Mitter writes about the Fifteenth Sharjah Biennial, “Thinking Historically in the Present,” which took its inspiration from Okwui Enwezor.
"Julien, however, is at the top of his game, presenting the lyrical black-and-white multichannel installation Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die), 2022, which premiered last year at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The work explores the life of ethnographic objects in Western collections; the dialogue between the collector Albert Barnes and the Harlem Renaissance philosopher Alain Locke; and the intellectual and romantic connection between Locke and the artist Richmond Barthé. Sculptures by the latter are installed adjoining the video projections, alongside pieces by the Detroit-based Matthew Angelo Harrison that encase African statues in polyurethane resin to disconcerting optical effect", writes Siddhartha Mitter in the Artforum.