Back in July this year an Open call went out in the PG Newsletter to UAL postgraduates to apply for a unique opportunity. Professor Isaac Julien, Chair of Global Art at UAL invited students with fine art disciplines to work with him, and visit his work in the 56th Edition of Venice Biennale.
In August, four postgraduate students were selected – Claire Holdsworth (PhD Research, British Artists Film & Video), Mustafa Boga (MA Fine Art), Jérémie Magar (MA Fine Art) and Ernst Schlogelhofer (MA Photography). Their journey began straight away with dedicated meetings with Isaac Julien at his London Studio with both himself and Mark Nash. They went on to Venice at the beiginning of September for 3 days where they were given the opportunity to meet and speak with Okwui Enwezor – the Curator of the 56th Venice Biennale and had a carefully designed tour by Isaac Julien of selected works within the Biennale to enable the students to understand the curation and workings behind the works he highlighted. They also met key figures from the art world and given opportunities to talk to them about the direction of their own work at UAL.
We also sent along a postgraduate alumni Film Maker called Gareth Johnson who is creating a short film of the project. Once completed we will share with you in this newsletter – watch this space!
The lucky students had a an amazing time which has benefited each of their practices and their understanding of the art world and they have written a dedicated report on their experience to share with UAL’s postgraduate community – download it here: