Shot in Texas, USA, Isaac Julien's Turner Prize nominated film installation Long Road to Mazatlán reflects upon the construction of masculinity through a choreographed mise-èn-scene
'A fantasia on the American Southwest that focuses with characteristic ambivalence on the social construction of masculinity in popular representations of that mythic landscape.'
'The long Road to Mazatlán, a video collaboration between Isaac Julien and the choreographer Javier de Frutos, is a fusion of movie and movement, a dance of gazes. Shot in and around San Antonio, Texas, it mixes familiar images of the West - the cowboy, the cattle yard, the dirt road - with a more contemporary and homoerotic iconography, unsettling each one. A tale of frustration and loss, the work offers no prescription for stable identity or for the satisfaction of desire, but the sensuality of its images and form is hearteningly seductive.'
David Frankel, "Isaac Julien, The Long Road to Mazatlán", ArtPace, San Antonio 2000
18'21'', three-screen film installation, 16mm film transferred to digital, colour, stereo sound