Solange Knowles’ multidisciplinary platform, studio and creative agency, Saint Heron, brought together a number of talented collaborators to manifest a conceptualized short film entitled “Passage” in honor of the International Woolmark Prize which has has “awarded and incubated some of the most era-defining fashion designers, from Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent to Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.”
The six minute film features a myriad of Black models and performers and stars the R&B pop music legend Dionne Warwick, writer and model Dominique Jackson, psychedelic soul musician Joi, multi-instrumentalist KeiyaA, and the uniquely talented artist Sahbabii along with a number of beautiful models and artists of all shades, cultures and sizes who pose and move about in front of striking scenery and backdrops that reflect the creative eye of Knowles who acts as the writer artistic, and creative director of the film for Saint Heron Agency.
Described as a “portraiture,” this visual piece emerged as a celebration of the six 2021 International Woolmark Prize finalists and was directed by the McArthur Award-winning director Wu Tsang. This film also features an original score by Standing on the Corner and is styled by Ib Kamara. In a statement, the film is described as “reverencing the process of design and creation in an allegorical amalgam of visual poetry, fiction and surrealism.”
Knowles writes, “I got my start in theater, I was about 10 years old when I started to attend the Ensemble Theater in Houston. It was there I learned how to write monologues and scripts, and the magic and expansiveness of all of the expressions the theater holds. I’ve been recently really inspired a lot by John P Allen’s ‘Theater of all Possibilities,’ and his beliefs rooted in the idea that ‘everything is theater.’
“As I further my interest in theater and performance I am continuously thinking about new ways to communicate via the stage. How to use light, sounds, gestures, music, movement to say a multitude of things without saying anything verbally at all. ‘Passage’ affirms that ability with imagery that champions the connection between reality and surreality. The piece is a living demonstration of interconnectedness through collaboration, and functions to engage a sense of presence in the space, both behind and ahead of us.”
Knowles has been a celebrated and consistent contributor to the contemporary art world. Some of her accomplishments include performing at the Guggenheim Museum in 2017 and receiving the Artist of the Year award from the Harvard Foundation in 2018. The artist has challenged herself to create highly stylized art and performances along with releasing her groundbreaking album, “A Seat at the Table” in 2016. She stands out as a creative force in fashion and culture, offering nothing but art of the highest integrity which is ingrained in her personal reflection, insight and creative integration.
The film can be seen in its entirety at saintheron.com.