A still-life of an exquisite landscape, opulent interiors, dancing bodies – with Isaac Julien, a painterly eye accompanies even the most difficult themes. His films beguile the senses and tickle the gray cells at the same time. They are fascinatingly formal compositions, constructed at the edge of the abyss of reality. Julien is the aesthete among today's artists: Every film-still is a painting; every body a sculpture; every movement a dance step. The most important leitmotifs for Isaac Julien – born in London of parents from the Caribbean – are thinly veiled behind the perfection of his filmed tableaux: migration and identity, civilization and colonialism, the confrontation between poor and rich, yesterday and today, mass culture and art history. This is cinema from an artist who films with the eye of a painter.