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Vagabondia

Isaac Julien
2000
7 mins Colour 16mm to video
Double-screen rear projection

Vagabondia

A conservator imagines ghosts of 18th-century Black London including a dancing vagabond figure. Choreography by Javier De Frutos.

Filmed in the Sir John Soane museum in London, 'Vagabondia' is a film in which curation meets choreography. A black female conservator imagines the buried stories and the hidden histories within the museum's cornucopia of colonial plunder. Filmed with fluid camera movements and a sensuous attention to lighting-camera work, Julien makes of the museum a world of shadows, mirrors and frames-within-frames where the statues also dream and the vagabond spirit of colonialism's repressed memory comes dancing, jerkily, back to life.

Refer to Victoria Miro Gallery.

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