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'Living in the Wake of the Lust for Sugar', Film still, London, Sugar & Slavery Gallery, Museum of London Docklands, Image: Andy Delaney 2023


A short film made in response to the London, Sugar and Slavery Gallery at the Museum of London Docklands

The aim was to re-examine the existing narrative of the gallery, which was created in 2007, by expanding its interpretation with an artistic perspective connected to the audience that the gallery represents. For an institution like ours, the accuracy of her [James] vision, the finesse of her thinking, are precious tools to offer a new narrative on heritage and identity - Jean-François Manicom, Senior Curator, Museum of London Docklands 

My starting point for responding to the gallery was to embed my personal connection to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. However, I was also curious to explore and imagine what a response to the gallery would look like from the perspective of the enslaved African voice, which I found missing from the entire gallery interpretation - Elsa James


Living in the Wake of the Lust for Sugar was commissioned by the Museum of London Docklands in February 2023, with a premiere screening at the museum on 1 September 2023. Please note that the film does not have captions, so click here for the film transcript.

4K Video with stereo sound, Duration 07:53 mins, London, Sugar and Slavery Gallery, Museum of London Docklands, 2023

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Still images Andy Delaney

Film credits
Written, performed and narrated by Elsa James; 
Co-directed by Andy Delaney and Elsa James; Co-edited by Andy Delaney and Elsa James; Sound designed by Greg Birkumshaw; Lighting by Struan Wallace, How2Productions; Narration recorded by Graham Tobias; Camera assistant: Graham Tobias; Set assistant: Storm Thompson; Makeup: Storm Thompson and Costume: Elsa James.


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