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ArtistIsaac Julien (1960)
TitleFantôme Créole Series (Papillon no. 1)
Date 2005
MediumDiptych of Lambda prints on gloss paper
ProvenanceVictoria Miro Gallery, London
Dimensionswidth: 119.50 cm, height: 119.50 cm
Inscriptionnone
AcquisitionPurchased from Victoria Miro, November 2005
LocationUK Mission to the United Nations (New York, USA)
GAC number18057/1
 
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An image of an old-fashioned manual sewing machine, 'Butterfly', links the two parts of Isaac Julien's diptych. Subtitled 'Papillon' (meaning 'butterfly' in French), the bisected image alludes to the insect's wings. It was photographed in Tiebele, a village in Burkina Faso, during Julien's visit to the former French colonial territory. In the background are the geometric designs of Tiebele's traditional architecture. Inspired by the country's rich cultural heritage, Julien's work eloquently marries two aspects of African and Western material culture.

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