The director’s cut of Solange’s art film, When I Get Home, is now streaming on the Criterion Channel in honor of its two-year anniversary. There will be more online activations throughout the week on the singer’s BlackPlanet page to continue the celebration too.
Solange first introduced When I Get Home with her album of the same name in 2019 as an introspective exploration of what home means. Visually stunning and eclectic, the film features surreal and futuristic imagery while celebrating Black culture and paying homage to her hometown of Houston. Scenes range from Black cowboys riding through the city to glittery spaceship settings to various dance sequences, all set to songs from her celebrated LP like “Down with the Clique,” “Almeda,” “Stay Flo,” and more.
The singer herself shared a personal note yesterday to mark When I Get Home‘s two-year anniversary. “When I first started creating ‘When I Get Home’ I was quite literally fighting for my life…in and out of hospitals (s/out park plaza on Binz! 🙂 with depleting health and broken spirits asking God to send me a sign I would not only survive, but that if he let me make it out alive, I would step into the light whatever that meant,” Solange shared on Instagram. “He [began] speaking to me. Half the time I didn’t know where it was coming from. I only knew I had to open the door and honor it.”
Recounting the journey of survival and growth behind creating the album, she added, “One day, I’ll tell y’all about the days I’ve had since I opened this door. The things I’ve uncovered. The life long healing I’ve begin. The great divine joy and love I’ve experienced. The stories of my past I’ve survived that I had stored all up in my body…. till it said…. no more. The re-learning. The reckoning. This album led me to all of it.”
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She also thanked her fans and followers for their support. “Life has now become before WIGH and after WIGH,” she wrote. “I’m so grateful for you guys allowing me the space and time. So so so grateful. Ima be celebrating all week long the coming of home 🖤.”
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