Saint Heron launches a digital dossier that “immortalises the heartening and untold story” of duo Womack & Womack

Solange’s multidisciplinary creative agency, studio and digital platform continues to honour its mission of building spaces that engage radical conversation in thoughtful, original works.

Date
9 July 2021
Reading Time
2 minute read

As part of its ongoing evolution as an expansive multidisciplinary platform, studio and creative agency Saint Heron – founded by Solange – has launched a second interactive digital experience on its website in the dossier series. This time, it shines the spotlight on the story of Womack & Womack, a legendary singing and songwriting wife and husband duo from the 1980s and 1990s – otherwise known as Linda Womack and Cecil Womack. Their three daughters Zekuumba (BG), Zeimani, and Kucha (KC) Zekkariyas have teamed up with the award-winning author of Black is the Body, Emily Bernard, to tell their story in an intimate arena, filled with portraits, interview excerpts, and old recordings of the famous duo. It features unseen video footage, music, and family photographs for a limited time.

The digital dossier, designed by Saint Heron's art director and graphic designer Sablā Stays, “recounts the Womack’s journey into raising and educating their seven children in over eight countries, and four continents, while creating new family structures spiritually, culturally and musically,” says Saint Heron. “It’s a legacy story paying homage to Linda and Cecil Womack’s unique and inspiring journey.” The Womack Sisters have granted Saint Heron unprecedented access to their family’s share of unpublished home video footage, original family photos, and other sentimental memorabilia. Not only does the digital dossier offer something for fans of Womack & Womack, but also offers a glimpse into the lives of Black artists working in the limelight during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Saint Heron: Polaroid of Zekkariyas aka Womack family in the Swiss Alps (Copyright © Saint Heron, courtesy of the Womack family, 2021)

Saint Heron’s ongoing mission to build an archive finds plenty of material in the stories of Womack & Womack. Generational and familial communities are explored in the dossier, as well as looking back to how an encounter with a white man in West Virginia led Cecil Womack on a journey to rediscovering the power of his, and his family’s lineage, thus leading to Womack & Womack becoming known by The House of Zekkariyas. The intimate, radical, and loving family dynamic of the Womacks are put on full display for all to admire and learn from.

The dossier is just one part of an ongoing series the studio have launched. “The Saint Heroin dossier is a literary and visual retrospective of radical family and artist lineages via SaintHeron.com,” Saint Heron explains in a statement. “Each piece will exist for the span of seven to ten days and provide an in-depth exploration of emerging talent and pioneering artists, sculptors, photographers, designers, and artisans”. The studio has impressive access to scarce archival materials, and readers can later look forward to “interviews with Shala Monroque and artist Cassi Namoda, as well as a conversation between Helga Davis and Okwui Okpokwasili, and more.”

GallerySaint Heron: Womack Family (Copyright © Saint Heron, courtesy of the Womack family, 2021)

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Saint Heron: Womack Family by Adrian Boot (Copyright © Saint Heron, courtesy of the Womack family & Adrian Boot, 2021)

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Joey Levenson

Joey joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in May 2020 after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.

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