From 21st of August to the tenth of October 2010 – Kunsthalle Helsinki
Isaac Julien’s latest work, Ten Thousand Waves (2010), received its world premiere in May at the Biennale of Sydney, and is now seen for the first time in Europe at Kunsthalle Helsinki. This grand, epic work examines globalisation and transnationality by clothing a painful reality in a poetic form.

The multi-channel video projections and acclaimed films of the artist represent a combination of documentary film and art. Projected on nine screens, Ten Thousand Waves links the past and present, the beliefs and myths as well as the dreams and disappointments of China. What makes people leave everything behind to search for a better life in a far-off place? The main character, played by Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love), leads the viewers through a story that entwines legend with the realities of modern China.

The exhibition is a part of the Helsinki Festival program. The work was made with the support of Luma Foundation, Colección Helga de Alvear, Udo and Anette Brandhorst Foundation, Linda Pace Foundation, Arts Council England sekä Centre national des arts plastiques. The exhibition has received support from Pro AV Saarikko and The British Council.

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