March – April 2008
Isaac Julien’s work has encompassed major film and video projects including his multi-screen work True North shown at the Auckland Triennale, 2007. His residency at Two Rooms Gallery in Auckland March 2008 resulted in an exploration of the remote Urewera ranges and the science fiction-like sands of Port Waikato.
This is the first time he has produced a purely photographic series without moving image, â€œIâ€™m taking a very painterly approach with this project,â€ he explains, â€œcreating a palette of images incorporating the concept of mise en sceneâ€.
His journey to Lake Waikaremoana started at Ruatoki to learn more about the historical legacy of Tuhoe. Revelations of the historical and recent tensions with the government resulted in an awareness of a charged reading of this land. The landscape he wishes to portray combines a pictorial, utopian romanticism with the haunting, coalescing of the different histories.