Solange Debuts “Seventy States” Exhibit at Tate Modern in London

Solange Knowles Ferguson is taking her vision for her 2016 album A Seat At The Table to another level with the bevy of performance pieces she has slated to debut. Among them are the newly minted exhibit at London’s Tate Modern. The exhibition, entitled “Seventy States” consists of exclusive performance art pieces, as well as additional visual components.

“Seventy States” opened at Tate Modern in London over the weekend, this past Friday (August 25). The inaugural viewing included a projection onto the walls of Tanks Foyer of a one-off digital display. It can also be viewed here.

The “digital interactive dossier” takes an in-depth look at black womanhood and identity through the lens and understanding of a black woman. The piece is in partnership with the gallery’s current exhibition – “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” – running now until October 22. “There would be no hesitation should I be asked to describe myself today. I am a Black woman. A woman yes, but a Black woman first and last. Black womanhood has been at the root of my entire existence since birth,” Solange revealed.

“Seventy States” was created at Tate Modern in collaboration with artist Carlotta Guerrero featuring Capsules (NBP x me-you) 2010 by Ricardo Basbaum. “Seventy States” is directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz. It borrows some early concepts that shaped visuals for “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky,” as well as unused scenes and footage that was co-directed by her husband Alan Ferguson. A piece called “We Sleep in Our Clothes, (Because We’re Warriors of the Night)” 2017 is also featured, which is an exclusive never-before-seen original score and performance created by Solange.

Two untitled poems Solange wrote, dated June 2, 2017, can also be viewed by the public as a part of “Seventy States.”

“I decided to do this through a visual language. I wanted to create this language to help me to get closer to the balance I yearned to be closer to and express,” Solange continued. “I wanted to create a meditation and mediation using movement, repetition, symmetry, color theory, landscape and scenography, as my own individualized protest.”

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