• Isaac Julien

  • Judith Butler

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask with Isaac Julien and Judith Butler

Award-winning artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien returns to BAMPFA to present a screening of his film Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, followed by a discussion with Judith Butler.

Note: We expect a capacity audience for this talk. Seating is first come, first served. If needed, an overflow location, one block away, will be provided to accommodate an additional 180 people to watch a livestream of the film and conversation.

Isaac Julien is an accomplished filmmaker and video installation artist, known for films like Looking for Langston, a poetic treatment of gay black poet Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. His multiscreen installations and accompanying photographic works for museums and galleries explore fractured narratives of memory and desire, often uniting elements from dance, painting, sculpture, theater, and music. He has been making films and producing film installations for over twenty years, including Ten Thousand Waves, Vagabondia, and Long Road to Mazatlan. He has had solo exhibitions at Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, the De Pont Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and many more.

Judith Butler is a Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical theory and gender studies. She has served as founding director of the Critical Theory Program at UC Berkeley. She has received many of the highest honors in the humanities, including the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award and the Adorno Prize from the City of Frankfurt in honor of her contributions to feminist and moral philosophy. In addition, she was the past recipient of several fellowships, including from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ford foundations and the American Council of Learned Societies.


Participating units at UC Berkeley: Arts + Design Initiative; Arts Research Center.