*1960 in London, UK
Endura ultra photograph on aluminium backing180 x 240 cmEdition of 6
This image is a still from Julien's nine-screen video installation Ten Thousand Waves, shot on location in the remote Guangxi province in southern China. A meditation on unfinished journeys, the film includes reference to ancient Chinese myths and legends, including Mazu, the patron goddess of seafarers. Ten Thousand Waves has been exhibited in museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In the dramatic image, humanity is dwarfed by nature. Striking rock formations tower over human travelers, and a mountaintop temple is barely visible in the distance. A low-hanging mist and thick greenery lend this cinematic scene an air of the surreal, hinting at unseen forces and the power of the natural world.
© 2016, Isaac Julien