Ruby City is pleased to present Isaac Julien: Fantôme Afrique. The exhibition will be on view September 8, 2023–April 24, 2024.
In discussing his three-screen, 18-minute film installation, Julien describes Fantôme Afrique (2005) as “weav[ing] cinematic and architectural references through the rich imagery of urban Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa and, with the Burkina Faso film festival, the center for cinema in Africa. The city center is contrasted with the arid rural space of Burkina Faso, and archival footage from early colonial expeditions and landmark moments in African history punctuate the film.”
Isaac Julien is internationally known for his poetic, meditative multi-screen film installations and photographs which reflect his long-term study of film history and production. Using these mediums he often focuses on specific places and landscapes to present counter or unknown histories using a non-narrative style. With both lyrical and descriptive power, Julien’s works reveal the complexities of contemporary human experience along with the historical forces or events which continue to affect the present. Subjects as specific and broad as black and queer identities, diaspora, migration and the underlying effects of capitalist economic systems have been the focus of his films.
September 8, 2023 - April 24, 2024
150 Camp Street
San Antonio, TX 78204