Today, The Criterion Channel announced the release of a remastered director’s cut of Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles’ interdisciplinary performance art film for When I Get Home (Saint Records / Columbia Records) in honor of the film and album’s 2-year anniversary. The film is available on The Criterion Channel here. Digital activations will take place on the artist’s Blackplanet page throughout this week, here. The activations include special screenings of various performances and art installations that have taken place since When I Get Home’s release, and a digital quilt personally collaged by Solange featuring images and stories submitted by fans about the album’s transformative impact on their life.
The album, which was written, performed and executive produced by Solange, and its accompanying art film, finds the multi-disciplinary artist’s deeply introspective vision of a spiritual expedition reckoning with the question, “Where is home?” The film taps imagery of her hometown’s (Houston, TX) culture with flights of surrealism spotlighting black cowboys, space, futurist worlds, and ritualistic movements that characterize evolution as a recurring presence. Solange explores concepts of origin, fear, safety, and reclamation through the power of ancestral roots and the creation of one’s own kaleidoscopic universe. When I Get Home is a dazzling immersion into the imagination of an artist whose vision knows no bounds.
Since the album and film’s introduction to the world in 2019, When I Get Home has become a devotional classic, steadily inspiring a communal evolution among people of various identities who have used the film as a source of strength and meditation.
Over the course of the past 5 years, Solange has explored the process of world-making- embarking on a creative and visual journey through various artistic mediums and performance art shows across the globe. These shows include her performances at the Sydney Opera House (2020), 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2019), Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2019), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany (2019), Guggenheim Museum, NYC (2017), and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (2017). This also extends to her exhibited multi-media installations at London’s Tate Modern as well as the interdisciplinary video and dance performance piece, Metatronia, which featured Metatron’s Cube, 2018; a sculpture conceptualized and created by Solange, which premiered at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.