PERTH FESTIVAL 25 February – 8 May 2022

Acclaimed British film maker and installation artist, Isaac Julien’s film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. Featured in this ground breaking exhibition will be two seminal works.

Ten Thousand Waves is a majestic multi-screen installation weaving together stories that link China’s ancient past and present, reflecting upon the enduring spectre of human trafficking in relation to the 2004 Morecambe Bay tragedy in northern England, where 23 illegal Chinese immigrants lost their life.

In its Australian premiere, Lessons of the Hour is a poetic meditation on the life of the visionary African American orator, philosopher and self-liberated slave, Frederick Douglass.

Cited as the most photographed American in the 19th Century, Douglass was intimately aware of the expressive power of images and articulated his ground breaking vision of how picture making and photography could offer powerful tools in the fight for social justice and equal human rights for all.


25 February – 8 May 2022

Saturday 26 February and 5 March 2022

Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm


John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102


Admission and Accessibility.


This exhibition is a Perth Festival event presented in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival and SAMSTAG Art Museum.

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Images: [top] Isaac Julien, Green Screen Goddess (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010. Endura Ultra photograph. [Carousel #1] Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour (Lessons of the Hour), 2019. Framed photograph on matt archival paper, mounted on aluminium. 160 x 213.29 cm. [Carousel #2] Isaac Julien, The North Star (Lessons of the Hour), 2019. Framed photograph on gloss inkjet paper mounted on aluminium. 160 x 213.29 cm. [Carousel #3] Isaac Julien, The Lady of the Lake (Lessons of the Hour), 2019. Framed gloss inkjet photograph mounted on aluminium 160 x 213.29 cm. All images courtesy of Isaac Julien and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


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