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Isaac Julien | WESTERN UNION: Small Boats 2007 | Five-channel video installation (35mm colour film transferred to HD): 31:02 minutes, 5.1 SR sound | Collection: The artist | Courtesy: Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Isaac Julien ‘WESTERN UNION: Small Boats’ 2007

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That’s exactly what I’m interested in: making images that cannot be translated into words. The mystery comes from the act of making, and that’s something you can utilise in the art context that is always unique.

Isaac Julien in conversation with Martina Kudláček, BOMB no.101, Fall 2007.

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This is physical evidence that stems from historical fact. When you film a body on location, you can bring out tensions that remain hidden if viewed naturally, the architecture of space between the body and the location.

Isaac Julien in conversation with Martina Kudláček, BOMB no.101, Fall 2007.

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Isaac Julien | WESTERN UNION: Small Boats 2007 | Five-channel video installation (35mm colour film transferred to HD): 31:02 minutes, 5.1 SR sound | Collection: The artist | Courtesy: Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Isaac Julien ‘WESTERN UNION: Small Boats’ 2007

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I’m also playing with the idea that someone might not be a displaced person. It’s also about trying to second-guess what people might see as being incongruous to a space. In a way the trauma of architectural space has been located in the filming of it that we may want to trouble the definitions of who might occupy them. It’s about displacement of the person, but also about a displacement of how you might read certain spaces in a more normative fashion. That’s the thing that’s really interesting about the Turkish Steps: thinking about the Mediterranean as a space that is between east and west, north and south, Europe and Africa. It’s a contact-zone that has a number of different markings, a number of traumas, that are very much still present in the actual location today.

Isaac Julien in conversation with Martina Kudláček, BOMB no.101, Fall 2007.