A conservator imagines ghosts of 18th-century Black London including a dancing vagabond figure. 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. Choreography by Javier De Frutos.
7', two-screen installation, 16mm film transferred to digital, colour, sound