When I Get Home (2019)
Visual artist and singer/songwriter Solange Knowles presents an extended director’s cut featuring new scenes and musical arrangements of her interdisciplinary performance-art film When I Get Home.
The film premieres in museums and contemporary arts institutions across the United States and Europe beginning July 17 before closing as part of Chinati Weekend on October 13, 2019. For information, download a digital “When I Get Home” film poster via WeTransfer.
About the Film
When I Get Home is an exploration of origin and spiritual expedition. The film confronts how much of ourselves we have we taken or left behind in our evolutions, and how much of that is determined by fear. Solange returned to her home state of Texas to answer these questions through an expedition of a futurist rodeo, uplifting the narrative of black cowboys and honoring her Houston lineage through this visual meditation.
The film was directed and edited by Solange with contributing directors Alan Ferguson, Terence Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Ray Tintori. Additional art was provided courtesy of Houston artists Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt, with collage work by Gio Escobar of Standing on the Corner. When I Get Home also features new sculptural work by artist Boundless Body: an 8x100-foot rodeo arena displayed in the Marfa desert. It sits alongside many architectural wonders in the film, such as Houston’s Rothko Chapel and the I. M. Pei–designed Dallas City Hall.
“When I was younger I would fear what the people called the Holy Spirit and what it would do to the men and women around me. I never wanted it to catch me, and I was terrified on how it might transform me if it did! Much of this film is a surrendering to that fear. After a really tough health year and the loss of the body that I once knew, the film is an invitation for that same spirit to manifest through me and the work I want to continue to create.” —Solange Knowles