Isaac Julien’s twin-screen installation Vagabondia 2000 was filmed in the reverberant setting of London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum. Colliding the disciplined eye of the curator/collector with the mercurial spirit of choreography, its puckish animation of this unique space parallels Julien’s own elliptical investigations of art history. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in 2000, Julien reflects on Vagabondia and on the projects place in his practice,which has grown significantly over the last decade to interrogate art, cinema, colonialism and the global movements of people throughout history. Coinciding with major solo exhibitions in London and New York, and with RIOT, a new monographic publication on Julien’s work published by MoMA, this event takes place in conjunction with Film and Video Umbrella’s anniversary programme, 25 Frames.
Vagabondia was commissioned as part of the project Cinerama; organised and supported by Film and Video Umbrella and Cornerhouse. Supported by Arts Council England. Additional support was provided by the British Council and Dance Umbrella. With thanks to London Film and Video Development Agency, Victoria Miro Gallery and Rosa de la Cruz.
Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation