Venice Biennale with Isaac Julien

In September 2015 Isaac Julien provided a unique opportunity for four University of the Arts London postgraduate students with fine art disciplines to attend the 56th Venice Biennale - International Art Exhibition with himself and Curator Mark Nash.

Organised through the UAL Chair Project, four students where competitively selected to take part in the opportunity to spend time 2 days with Isac Julien, UAL Chair of Global Art (2013-2016 Project) in his London studio and three days with him and Mark Nash at the Venice Biennale.

The four selected students were: 

  • Ernst Schlogelhofer, MA Photography, London College of Communication
  • Jérémie Magar, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
  • Mustafa Boga, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
  • Claire Holdsworth, PHD Student – British Artists Film & Video, Central Saint Martins

At Isaac’s studio the students had an opportunity to spend 2 days looking at his latest multi-screens video works and to discuss their own projects with him and Mark Nash.

In Venice, the students were introduced to Isaac Julien’s work Das Kapital - a series of readings of the three volumes of the seminal text Das Kapital by Karl Marx which took place within the Central Pavilion in the Giardini area of Venice. 

They also had a chance to meet with the Biennale Curator Okwui Enwezor who talked to them about the importance of political and historic awareness in today’s art world.  All of this alongside a personal tour of selected key works at the Biennale with Isaac Julien.

The whole experience was filmed by Gareth Johnson who is an alumni of London College of Communication’s MA Documentary. 

Read the students report on their individual experiences on the Postgraduate Community Blog.