In a new film directed by Wu Tsang for Solange’s creative agency Saint Heron, actress and model Dominique Jackson, famous singer Dionne Warwick and singer Joi mingle with the music of the band Standing on the Corner.
passage, which debuted Thursday, toast the current nominees for the International Woolmark Prize, a fashion award honoring people who make sustainable clothing. Solange provided the creative and artistic direction of the star-studded film; Tosh Basco, an artist who has already appeared in Tsang’s works, is credited with controlling the movement of the models; and the presentation was styled by Ib Kamara.
Tsang, who won a MacArthur Genie Scholarship and was nominated for the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize in 2018, is an artist of international repute. Her films and performances often meditate on the fleeting nature of different identities. Your installation 2017 We stop where to studyNow on display at the Museum of Modern Art, draws on the writings of Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey and shows dancing individuals whose images seem to be intertwined and superimposed.
[Read a 2019 profile of Wu Tsang.]
in the passage, Tsang shows a multitude of people, including singers Keiyaa and SahBabii, in an empty theater and outside in what appears to be a forest. A series of fascinating zoom shots shows Warwick, Jackson, and others posing for Tsang’s camera while wearing designs by Bethany Williams, Casablanca, Kenneth Ize, LECAVALIER, Matty Bovan, and Thebe Magugu.
“Solange has such a strong, unique voice and, along with her poetic approach, used the performance to unite and contrast every single look,” Tsang said in a statement. “I work in theater and film myself and it felt like the perfect amalgamation of everyone’s visions.”