“Oona Grimes’ thoughts of Victorian work places and childhood connect with her recollection of Vittorio De Sica’s 1946 film Shoeshine (Sciuscia).” — Jenni Lomax
De Sica meets Dr Barnardo at the Ragged School Museum.
In what plays as an outtake from some larger narrative, Horsepolish returns to the marginalised and the overlooked. The work of scrubbing and polishing calls up ghosts, enacting past stories. Street children – whether of Barnardo or de Sica’s era – conjure dreams of empowerment & freedom from the reality of their daily Sisyphean task.
“…the fictional spaces of cinema become another resonant layer of history embedded in the architecture of the Ragged School Museum.” — Lucy Reynolds