Grammy-winning singer and artist Solange Knowles released a new art book, titled “In Past Pupils and Smiles.”
The book serves as a visual exploration of Solange’s self-composed and directed performance of the same name at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale de Venezia. The 188-page book gives readers a glimpse into the creative birth and physical performance of the Nov. 24, 2019 performance, alongside a deep exploration into bonds of creative collaboration and resilience, as well as the themes of safety, protection, and identity.
The “In Past Pupils and Smiles” book was commissioned as part of the Biennale’s official public program, “Meetings on Art,” curated by Ralph Rugoff, the Artistic Director of the Biennale Arte 2019, and Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation. The resulting monograph book is a sonic, visual, spatial, and spiritual demonstration of Solange’s experimentation with sound and movement.
The book was designed in collaboration with Querida and published by Anteism, and it purposely mirrors the energy of the Biennale performance through negative portraiture photography, shot by James Mollison. It also features written contributions from Cezar, transcribed conversations between Solange and the writer and co-founder of Clocks – Research & Design Practice, Chloe Wayne Sultan, and musician Greg Bryant. It also contains reflective conversations from Solange’s creative team, including costume designer and stylist Kyle Luu, associate director Carlos J Soto, lighting designer John Torres, creative producer Imogene Strauss, and hair artist Virginie “Gin” Moreira.
Beginning today, customers may purchase the book online via Solange Knowles’ web store at the price of $60.