Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats

Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats
Library Shelf Location 18.JULI
Publication Date 2009
Description To escape deplorable economic and human rights conditions, thousands of African and Asian “clandestines” depart each year from North Africa on the 100-mile journey across the Mediterranean Sea to the southern coast of Sicily. Setting off in larger boats they are transferred mid-sea to highly overcrowded smaller fishing boats where they are left to drift for days on end until they are sighted by the coastguard or sink. Local fishermen often spot the boats first and have been complicit in what is frequently described as the “Sicilian Holocaust.” Known for his extravagantly beautiful filmmaking, Julien depicts the picturesque seaside village of Agrigento and the grandeur of Palazzo Gangi (famed location from Visconti’s masterpiece “The Leopard”) in stunning juxtaposition to the deadly voyage. Employing a suggestive, non-representational cinematic style, “Western Union” subverts strict narrative, creating a collage of sound and image. Throughout the film, choreographer Russell Maliphant has created a series of vignettes echoing and rearticulating these dramatic voyages. 'WESTERN UNION: Small Boats' is the final installment of Julien’s trilogy about journeying across continents and cultures that includes “True North” (2004) and “Fantome Afrique” (2005).
ISBN 9783865606495
Quantity 1
Pages 116
Author Iain Chambers
Format Hardback
Publisher Koenig Books
Related Artist Isaac Julien
Categories Photography, Film and Artists' Moving Image
Language English

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