International Film Festival Rotterdam

Vagabondia, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2004
23 January - 24 February 2004

Part of the programme Isaac Julien Focus, presented during the International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, 2004.


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.


(Source: IFFR)

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