25 Galerie Ron Mandos
- Prinsengracht 282
3 Sept-17 Oct: ‘Lessons of the Hour’, Isaac Julien
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents ‘Lessons of the Hour’ by Isaac Julien CBE RA. This solo exhibition by the artist features the photographs of Lessons of the Hours and is the worldwide premiere of the single screen film from 2019. The exhibition also includes Julien’s first film ‘Who Killed Colin Roach?’ from 1983. Both works prophetically resonate with the current debates around Black Lives Matter and question our relationship to abolitionism and histories of slavery.
‘Lessons of the Hour’ is a poetic portrait of the orator, philosopher, intellectual and self-liberated freedom fighter Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who was born into slavery in Maryland, USA. He campaigned across Britain and Europe against slavery and for freedom and social justice. Filmed at sites in London, Edinburgh and at Douglass’ home in Washington D.C., Julien’s film combines tableaux vivants which imagine scenes from Douglass’s public and private life, with footage from the present day.
About Galerie Ron Mandos
Over 20 years, Galerie Ron Mandos has earned its place of prominence within the Dutch art scene. First opening its doors in Rotterdam in 1999, it has since accrued a roster of over 30 artists from around the globe, becoming an integral nexus-point for artists at all stages of their career. In 2010, the gallery moved to its current location in the Amsterdam gallery district. In its pursuit of new developments within contemporary art and facilitated by its spacious venue, the gallery presents an extensive programme within which new and dynamic means of representation are sought.
The voices of an impressive assembly of established talent such as Daniel Arsham, Hans Op de Beeck, Isaac Julien, Remy Jungerman and Erwin Olaf tell poignant stories and shape the core of our public debate. The gallery’s mission is to platform artworks that embody the sophisticated relationship between artist, artwork, and society. Throughout the gallery’s program, light is shed on the unexpected and previously hidden aspects of everyday experience, taking shape in large scale, immersive installations as well as international group exhibitions.
Isaac Julien (1960, UK)