Photo Courtesy of Metro Pictures
Playtime by Isaac Julien
According to Metro Pictures, Isaac Julien's installation is made up of three chapters, exploring the relationship between the art world, the individual, and a modern "capital" (which is London). Set in London, Reykjavik, and Dubai, the film follows five characters (The Collector, The Houseworker, The Artist, The Auctioneer, and The Reporter) and asks how they are tied to capital and how they're implicated in the global financial crisis. All of the characters are based on real people Julien interviewed, and The Houseworker is based on his housekeeper, a woman who went to Dubai looking for work and ended up trapped by isolation, eventually shifting to London where Julien hired her. The installation is made up of film and photographs.