Solange Knowles Will Screen Visual Album Across the United States and Europe
|thenorthstar||Jul 18, 2019|
Singer Solange Knowles is debuting a “director’s cut” edition of her visual album When I Get Home at art museums and theaters across the US and Europe.
The film, which was first released in March and coincides with her album, will show “new scenes and musical arrangements” and will be 41 minutes long, Rolling Stone reported. The short film was shot in Houston, Texas and directed and screen written by Terrence Nance, and video directed by Alan Ferguson, who is also the singer’s husband.
“When I was younger I would fear what the people called the Holy Spirit and what it would do to the men and women around me. I never wanted it to catch me, and was terrified on how it might transform me if it did! Much of this film is a surrendering to that fear,” Solange said in a statement The Rolling Stone.
“After a really tough health year and the loss of the body that I once knew, the film is an invitation for that same spirit to manifest through me and the work I want to continue to create.”
Solange, who is the younger sister of R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles, began her career as a backup dancer for Destiny’s Child when she was a teenager. She released her first album titled Solo Star when she was 16 years old, Billboard reported. Her 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, was her third album and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Her first single from the album called “Cranes in the Sky” also won a Grammy for best R&B performance. During a 2017 interview with Interview Magazine, Solange said she wrote the song eight years before it was released, when she was living in Miami as a single mother during a noisy development boom in the city. “I remember looking up and seeing all these cranes in the sky. They were so heavy and such an eyesore, and not what I identified with peace and refuge,” she told Billboard. The 33-year-old singer told Billboard she is interested in designing performances for museums and art institutions. In 2017, the singer invited viewers to wear white and watch her perform at the white rotunda within the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The screenings for Solange’s film will tour from July 17 to October 13 at select locations. Some of the venues that will show the film include the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. The film will also be shown at the V&A in London, according to Rolling Stone. "Solange's creativity speaks to hard truths and real beauty. Refusing to be put in a box, she's an artist's artist whose creativity knows no limits," Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, told The Art Newspaper.
Solange’s sister is also known for her visual albums. In 2016, Beyoncé dropped her sixth album Lemonade, and a musical film that debuted only on HBO,” The Los Angeles Times previously reported. During the 59th annual Grammy Awards, the album won for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video for the song “Formation,” according to the Grammy Award website. In April, Beyoncé surprised fans with a live Coachella album the same day her Netflix documentary was released by the streaming platform. The documentary titled Homecoming highlighted the singer’s iconic performance during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2018. It also shows behind-the-scenes moments and footage from rehearsals, The New York Times previously reported.
The singer was the first Black woman to headline the annual festival in Indio, California. During her performance at the festival, she shared the stage with dozens of dancers, a marching band, and special guests like her husband Jay-Z, as well as a reunited Destiny’s Child.
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