Solange’s Saint Heron Announces Its Next Chapter

The organization dedicated to art, design, and music is expanding its digital archives and opening a gallery space.

Saint Heron was founded in 2013 by Solange, and today the the organization dedicated to uplifting radical and innovative voices is entering a new phase. Saint Heron will be evolving both digitally and spatially, building “spaces that engage radical conversation and conceptual imagining across art, design, architecture, fashion and literature.”

Online, Saint Heron is launching its dossier of retrospectives that detail family and artist lineages. “Each piece will exist for the span of 7 to 10 days and provide an in-depth exploration of emerging talent and pioneering artists, sculptors, photographers, designers, and artisans. The first digital installation available here, shares the story of Saint Heron, as told by Solange Knowles, its Founder, Creative Director and Art Director,” reads the press release.

The site will also feature a conversation between American visual artist, sculptor, bestselling novelist, and award-winning poet Barbara Chase-Riboud and award-winning author and educator Ilyasah Shabazz, interviews with Shala Monroque and artist Cassi Namoda, a conversation between Helga Davis and Okwui Okpokwasili, and archives from Womack & Womack and Composer Charles Stepney.

Saint Heron will also be taking their evolution to the earthly realm as well. They’ll be building a gallery, Small Matter, with works designed by Solange herself and other collaborators including architect/designer Jerome Byron and Saint Heron’s own Product Development Consultant, Mark Grattan. The organization also announced a forthcoming residence program, permanent collections, and a non-profit library offering free access to Saint Heron’s archived collection.

“Worldmaking has been a huge part of my practice. The idea of leaving behind cities, meccas, and universes that were occupied and celebrated by bodies, voices, celebrations and rituals to be discovered down the line. As we transition to an institution, the answer and the vision become abundantly clear,” Solange said in a statement. “Together we want to create an archive of stories, and works we deem valuable. We want to open up these works publicly, and make them accessible to students, and our communities for research, engagement, and consumption so that the works are integrated into our collective story and belong and grow with us. We are creating an embodiment of living testaments to the glory of expression, and how that recharges and reaffirms the reverence we hold for our own cultural and artistic worth.”

Check out Saint Heron’s website to see this new chapter for yourself.

 

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