Solange Knowles publishes performance art book


“I wanted mud. To dig my hands into the ground. To yell. To make offerings,” said Solange, who has directed countless performance art shows through her creative agency, Saint Heron. “This piece gave me permission to feel everything. I feel like this piece was specifically a time of grieving, a time to express how much grief comes from loss, to be able to bury it and have a service for it.

“For the Venice Biennale’s first official program of performances, we have spotlighted artists who are defining this performance and the next generation,” said Aaron Cezar, director of the Delfina Foundation and co-curator of “Meetings on Art “. “Solange is at the forefront of this movement of artists who approach performance not as a medium but as a way of dealing with the world around us. Covering music, movement, design and the visual arts, her practice goes beyond accepted categories and genres and critically interrogates why these boundaries exist in the first place.

The book was designed in collaboration with Querida and published by Anteism, and it deliberately reflects the energy of the Biennale performance through negative portrait photography, shot by James Mollison. It also features written contributions from Cezar, transcribed conversations between Solange and writer and Clocks – Research & Design Practice co-founder Chloe Wayne Sultan, and musician Greg Bryant. It also features thoughtful conversations from Solange’s creative team, including costume designer and stylist Kyle Luu, associate director Carlos J Soto, lighting designer John Torres, creative producer Imogene Strauss and hairstylist Virginie.” Gin” Moreira.

Overall, “In Past Pupils and Smiles” details the creative process and intimate conversations between Solange and her team during the Biennale, both during her performance and the devastating flood that took place over the weekend. closing of the Biennale in 2019.


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