April 2, 2019

Isaac Julien and Mark Nash Join Faculty of University of California, Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA—Artist Isaac Julien and independent curator and writer Mark Nash, the former head of contemporary art at the Royal College of Art in London, have recently been appointed professors at the University of California, Santa Cruz. They will work together on developing the Isaac Julien Lab at the UC Santa Cruz campus, which will provide students with the opportunity to assist Julien with project research and the production of moving-image and photographic works in California and London, where the artist has a studio.

“The Arts Division, along with the entire campus community, enthusiastically welcome Isaac and Mark and look forward to collaborating with them,” said the interim dean of the arts division, Edward C. Warburton. He added, “these hires reinforce our belief that the arts have a role in innovating new models of research, scholarship, and production.”

Commenting on the initiative, Julien said: “We have an affinity for UC Santa Cruz that began in the 1990s when Mark and I were here making the film Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask in partnership with colleagues in the History of Consciousness program. We have always carried that spirit in our work so when we were approached to be on faculty, it felt like a homecoming of sorts. In fact, we have long admired the scholarship at UC Santa Cruz and were inspired by the vision of a laboratory model for artistic research and production which UC Santa Cruz is pioneering.”

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