b. 1986, South Carolina, U.S.; lives and works in NY, U.S.
Jacolby Satterwhite’s multidisciplinary practice spans virtual reality, animation, digital world-building, performance, painting and sculpture. The work explores themes of identity, memory, queerness, and the intersections of the personal and the digital. Satterwhite's artistic vision is rooted in the transformative power of technology and the exploration of alternate realities. His immersive virtual environments and animated narratives transport viewers to vivid realms that challenge traditional notions of space, time, and identity. Through his intricate and meticulously crafted animations, he delves into the complexities of personal history, drawing from his own family archives while simultaneously incorporating elements of popular culture and references to art history. Central to Satterwhite's work is the exploration of the body as a site for storytelling and empowerment. His performances and sculptures often incorporate dance and movement, with his own body serving as both subject and vessel for artistic expression. By merging the physical and digital realms, he constructs a dynamic and layered visual language that defies conventional categorizations while evoking the escapism of Afro-futurism and a posthuman quasi-utopic virtual reality.
Jacolby Satterwhite's recent solo exhibitions include Jacolby Satterwhite: We Are In Hell When We Hurt Each Other, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Houston (2023); Jacolby Satterwhite: Spirits Roaming on the Earth, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis (2023); Jacolby Satterwhite, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2022); Spirits Roaming on the Earth, Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2021); Room for Living, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2019); Blessed Avenue, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2018); En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance, performance in progress, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2017); How Lovely Is Me Being As I Am, OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); and Island of Treasure, Mallorca Landings, Palma (2013). Recent group exhibitions include FRONT Triennial, Cleveland, Ohio (2022); Sweat, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2021); Je(u) Augment, Abbaye Saint André Centre d’Art contemporain, Meymac, France (2021); VIDEONALE.scope #9, Videonale e.V., Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2021); OLED ART WAVE: Every wave you will sense, Sinae Yoo, Peaches, Seoul (2021); Munch Triennial, Oslo (2021); Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju (2021); Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Online Festival, Glasgow (2020); New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); Is This Tomorrow?, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); and Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, Bury; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2018).
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