Isaac Julien: Vagabondia, Tate Modern, 4 February

Filmed in the Sir John Soane Museum in London, Isaac Julien’s Vagabondia (2000) is a movie in which curation meets choreography. Through fluid camera movements and a sensuous attention to lighting, Julien brings to life a haunting collection of buried stories and hidden histories in a world of shadows, mirrors and frames-within-frames. The film will be shown at Tate Modern on 4 February and includes a discussion with the artist.

As part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, Julien’s talk will reflect upon Vagabondia, and its impact upon his practice, which has grown significantly over the last decade to interrogate art, cinema, colonialism and the global movements of people throughout history. Julien’s work is concurrently being shown in solo exhibitions in London and New York. A new monographic book, RIOT, exploring Julien’s work will be published by MoMA.

For more information visit

1. Isaac Julien, Vagabondia (2000). Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Cornerhouse. With support from Arts Council England