When Solange Knowles launched Saint Heron in 2013, her imaginative and prescient was easy: to create a music and cultural hub amplifying Black artists. Whereas she’s definitely stayed the course in that regard, Solange additionally realized what she was constructing might have an excellent broader affect for the Black group.
Through the years, Saint Heron has infiltrated artwork, training, and company establishments via collaborations with the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, Ikea, Google, Parsons College of Vogue, Nike, and extra. The corporate additionally launched its curated on-line boutique and gallery Small Matter in 2018.
Now Solange is widening Saint Heron’s scope even additional to firmly set up it as an establishment in its personal proper: Saint Heron lately introduced an growth into preserving and accumulating tales, works, and archives from very important voices inside Black and Brown communities via a sequence of digital dossiers.
“Our imaginative and prescient is to construct an area that engages radical conceptual imaginings throughout all aspects and mediums of creation,” Solange says. “We really feel an urgency in constructing and preserving collections and archives of our personal artists’ tales and works and having a voice in what we deem worthy of preservation.”
The Saint Heron Dossiers will characteristic retrospectives of household and artist lineages, the primary being the story of Saint Heron as advised by Solange. Every file will exist on Saint Heron’s web site one by one for 7 to 10 days as a method to make sure viewers are totally immersed within the expertise. The dossiers will sometimes reopen in Saint Heron’s archives, however once they launch, Solange’s intention is to “to encourage a disinclination to quick consumption and clicks,” she says. “There must be a spot the place true tales of our previous and current are thoughtfully advised in expansive element with out the interference of outdoors perceptions.”
Different dossiers will discover the works of visible artist and bestselling novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud, painter and efficiency artist Cassi Namoda, choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, singer-songwriter duo Womack & Womack, and report producer and composer Charles Stepney, amongst others. Their lives and work shall be contextualized via interviews with members of the family or different notable luminaries of their area, in addition to archival photos and movies.
“Radical authenticity is a theme for our inaugural season,” Solange says. “The artists and collaborators have been chosen primarily based on the emotions of id and self-perception evoked of their work. However we have been equally related to discovering archives, objects, and tales of unconventional, radical Black households.”
Along with the dossiers, Saint Heron will even launch a residency particularly for artists working in ceramics.
“We wish to honor this observe of ceramic artistry as a solution to broaden and protect our connection to the African-originating observe of making, molding, and forming everlasting vessels from mud and clay,” Solange says.
For Solange, Saint Heron’s evolution is a method to create “an establishment that’s actually much less about nowness, however extra centered on longevity and creating a big affect for future generations,” she says. “We wish to ensure that our great-grandchildren have entry to the collections and tales that signify who they’re, and discover that in an establishment constructed for them. We’re devoted to changing into the historians of our personal tales.”