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Isaac Julien's Playtime Exhibition at Victoria Miro

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playtime, victoria miro, Isaac Julien, ECLIPSE, 2013
Isaac Julien, 'ECLIPSE', 2013

Isaac Julien has announced an official Playtime in the capital with is latest exhibition at Victoria Miro. The UK release coincides with his New York exhibit, Riot, but quite frankly, I think we got the better deal. I'd rather party than fight.

Playtime is spread across both of Victoria Miro's venues: the one on Wharf Road, and the one at Mayfair. Together they comprise of a seven-screen installation, which features international actors such as Maggie Cheung, Mercedes Cabral, James Franco, Colin Salmon, Ingvar Eggert Sigurğsson, and Simon de Pury.

In addition, KAPITAL is a two-screened documentary in which Julien is in conversation with David Harvey and Stuart Hall. Both galleries wth be exhibition between the 24th January - 1st May, but if you want to know which venue to go to, I would say Mayfair was the best choice, as it also includes photographic works.

Playtime tells the story of six characters - an artist, fund manager, auctioneer, house worker, art dealer, and a reporter - all of whom are significantly affected by the financial tides of the global economy. The part fiction, part documentary screening explores the different financial issues facing three different capital cities: London, Reykjavik, and Dubai. In it, Julien asks the driving question, 'what makes people decide to uproot to other countries for a better life?'
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 24th Jan - 1st March
Phone: 44 (0)20 7336 8109
Where: Victoria Miro
Cost: Free
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