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Videos for Post-Truth Times

By Rebecca Close

Revisiting the AIDS-related work of Pratibha Parmar and Isaac Julien

PRATIBHA PARMAR, Reframing AIDS, 1987, stills from video: 35 min.  Courtesy the artist.

“Capital. It’s our lifeblood. It flows through our city,” says a slick assistant to his boss, a trumpet-playing hedge-fund manager, in the opening scenes of Isaac Julien’s Playtime (2014). The 70-minute multichannel installation, which was recently installed at Seoul’s Platform-L, offers a snapshot of the daily lives of this and five other fictional characters (an artist, an auctioneer…

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