WeTransfer announces the revamp of its award-winning digital arts platform WePresent, featuring a year-long collaboration with visual artist Solange Knowles

WePresent, the Oscar-winning curator and Cannes Lions-winning digital arts platform of WeTransfer, unveils its new online hub celebrating art, film, music, literature, photography and illustration from around the world. As one of the most representative creative platforms on the internet, WePresent pushes the boundaries of digital design and artistic expression. The new look platform developed in collaboration with creative agency Bureau Visual Affairs (BVA) will feature exclusive cultural commissions from Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, visual artist Solange Knowles, alongside artist and activist Ai Weiwei and author Megan Nolan.

Inspired by the changing habits of today’s consumers, the platform takes digital experiences a step further by empowering audiences to take control of their own experience. Laying the groundwork for audience experimentation, new features include an audio player for long-read stories, a “highlight reel” that condenses a story into its key parts for on-the-go reading, a movie playlist and a playlist to allow audiences to save stories for later with a “go back” module. Live on WePresent, the features were designed to create a transparent and innovative way for users to choose how to experience a story.

Speaking of redesign, Co-Founder and Creative Director at WeTransfer, Damien Bradfield mentioned, “As a company created by creatives for creatives, WeTransfer’s digital arts platform, WePresent, will be one of the most important cultural destinations in the world. In order to achieve our ambitions, we needed to create a new home to house work and allow users to interact in new ways.

In four years, WePresent has established itself as a modern community of creatives around the world, cementing WeTransfer’s status as a patron of the arts and a company founded by creatives for creatives. With the goal of using business as a force for good, WePresent’s foundation was built from WeTransfer’s donation of up to 30% of its advertising space to raise awareness of artists, creative work and the issues most urgent in the world.

Now, WePresent operates as a team of curators, editors, and producers to provide creatives with the tools, space, freedom, and support to expand beyond the traditional confines of the gallery and the exhibition space. Through pioneering collaborations with emerging talents and global pioneers such as Marina Abramović, Renell Medrano, Lisa Taddeo and Riz Ahmed, WePresent continues to reach WeTransfer’s 87 million monthly active users in 190 countries, with new experiences creatives displayed each month on the iconic Platform.

WePresent Editor-in-Chief, Holly Fraser mentioned, “As WeTransfer’s cultural torchbearer to a growing monthly audience of 3 million, our vision is for WePresent to continue collaborating with artists to create work that pushes the boundaries of creativity, while becoming the most representative creative platform in the world. From the Oscar-winning film commission with Riz Ahmed to groundbreaking online art experiences developed in collaboration with Marina Abramović, our new site will be a one-stop destination for the arts. Our audience will be able to explore an artist directory of nearly 1,000 artists from over 100 countries around the world that WePresent has worked with so far, while being able to engage with cultural content in new ways. , whether through audio, interactive, long-form experiences or scheduled events.

To mark the new era of the platform, Solange Knowles – a pioneer in the fields of music, visual arts and performance – will follow Marina Abramović as WePresent’s first guest curator in 2021. The year-long collaboration between Solange and WeTransfer is designed to inspire radical conversations that amplify vital voices and conceptual imagination through art, design and architecture. As with Abramovié, the first part of Solange’s curation will see her spotlight four artists from around the world including Dozie Kanu, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Autumn Knight and Jacolby Satterwhite on WeTransfer. The digital exhibition will be supported by features on WePresent detailing Solange’s curation and what it is about the artists’ practice that makes them unique.

Speaking of being WeTransfer’s next guest curator, Solange Knowles, founder, creative and artistic director of Saint Heron mentioned, “I’m thrilled to be working with WePresent this year to elevate vital voices in art and design, starting with a curated selection of artists who I believe are pushing boundaries to create new worlds and experiences for the world to discover. public in the years to come”

Solange Knowles Guest Curator

part one will be live exclusively on WePresent at wepresent.wetransfer.com with Second part which will be unveiled in the summer of 2022, and part three in the fall of 2022

Ai Weiwei manifesto for WePresent

Exclusive launch on WePresent

Ai Weiwei, one of today’s most important artists and activists, constantly challenges political oppression and the power that resides in human beings. For WePresent’s “A Manifesto By” series, Ai Weiwei wrote 10 rules for sharing messages of freedom and empowerment with millions around the world. Ai Weiwei’s commission is the latest in the Manifesto series that includes musician Willie Nelson, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova.

WePresent Artist Directory

Available exclusively on WePresent

Intended for daily inspiration and discovery, the New Look Artist Directory serves as an encyclopedia of over 1000 previously commissioned artists from around the world. The directory will see WePresent spotlight creatives from over 100 countries around the world, including Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen (Belgium), Vivienne Westwood (UK), Karrabing Film Collective (Australia), Himali Singh Soin (India ) and Tabita Rezaire. (French Guiana), among many other talented artists. Alongside the yearbook, a new events section will launch this spring to invite viewers to interact with WePresent – ​​whether through IRL exhibits, workshops, or screenings, or digitally via podcasts and online events.

WePresent Series Literally: Ways of Seeing by Megan Nolan

Available exclusively on WePresent

WePresent reveals an essay written by author of the bestselling novel “Acts of Desperation” Megan Nolan, exploring our relationship with social media and how we present ourselves in the online sphere. Part of WePresent’s “Literally” series, “Ways of Seeing” is a nod to John Berger’s book of the same name, with Megan describing the feeling of documenting and sharing a life, while simultaneously looking at other people do the same. What does it do to us and what happens when we stop?

NOTES TO EDITORS

About WePresent

WePresent is WeTransfer’s digital arts platform, acting as the company’s cultural torchbearer to a monthly audience of 3 million people in approximately 190 countries. In collaboration with young emerging talents and renowned artists such as Marina Abramovic, Riz Ahmed, FKA twigs and Bernardine Evaristo, WePresent presents the best in art, photography, cinema, music, literature and more so, championing diversity in everything he does. The platform’s commissions range from editorial articles to films, illustrations, photographic series, events, installations and social media activations, with the aim of offering a new vision of the magic and mystery of creative ideas.

https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/ | @we present

About WeTransfer

WeTransfer streamlines the workflow process for millions of creative professionals. Its suite of creative productivity tools makes it easy to collaborate, share, and deliver work. WeTransfer has over 87 million monthly active users in 190 countries.

As a Certified B Corporation™, WeTransfer has long been a champion of using business as a force for good. Since its inception in 2009, WeTransfer has donated up to 30% of its advertising space to raise awareness of the world’s most pressing artists, creative work and issues.

https://wepresent.wetransfer.com | @wetransfer

About Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and visual artist. A pioneer in the fields of music, art and performance, Solange’s work serves as a deeply intimate portrait of black femininity in the United States. In 2013, Solange established Saint Heron, a multidisciplinary platform, studio and creative agency whose mission is to create spaces that engage radical conversation in original, thoughtful works that amplify vital voices and conceptual imagination at through art, design, architecture, fashion and literature. More recently, Saint Heron launched its Ceramic Residency Program, which promotes the spatial sensibilities and creative innovation of black and brown women practicing ceramic art. Solange’s work in music and the arts earned her the 2022 NYU Global Trailblazer Award for Creative and Artistic Excellence, Harvard University’s 2018 Artist of the Year. In February 2020 , Solange received the inaugural Lena Horne Award, which recognized excellence at the intersection of the arts and activism.

Solange has curated performance art exhibitions around the world including Sydney Opera House (2020), 58th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition (2019), Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2019 ), at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany (2019), the Guggenheim Museum, NYC (2017) and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (2017). She has exhibited video art installations at the Tate Modern in London and created the interdisciplinary video and dance performance, Metatronia, which featured Metatron’s Cube, 2018; a sculpture conceptualized and created by Solange, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. His work in other artistic mediums and in music led him to a seminal career in music, visual arts and activism.

@solangeknowles

About Saint Heron

Saint Heron is a multidisciplinary platform, studio and creative agency whose mission is to create spaces that engage radical conversation in original and thoughtful works that amplify vital voices and conceptual imagination through art, design , architecture, fashion and literature. Created by Solange Knowles in 2013 as a call to community; creating a hub for music, arts and cultural conversations that are unique to them. The company has built a legacy through the creation of special projects such as the release of a self-titled music compilation, visionary content from creative talent, and carefully curated art events and experiences in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth, the Metropolitan Museum of Art , the Parsons School of Art & Design, The International Woolmark Prize 2021, Nike, Google and Pitchfork.

Saintheron.com | @saintheron

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