Satch Hoyt

Satch Hoyt, born in London of British and African-Jamaican ancestry, is currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. He makes sculptures and installations accompanied with sound, as well as performances, paintings and drawings. There is a dichotomy in these genres that define two sides of the same coin: a dual and complementary reflection on the transnational African Diaspora and its multi-fold consequences. The role that sonicity and music play within this context is Hoyt's prime focus. His project, Afro Sonic Mapping: Tracing Aural Histories via Sonic Transmigrations, and its various manifestations, is what occupies Hoyt's current practice. The sculptural trope in Hoyt’s work addresses the facts on the ground, so to speak, of black experience, while the Afro Sonic Map paintings depict middle passage cartography, which, at the same time, tap into a spirit of fantasy, refuge, and transcendence – as vehicles for an imaginative journey beyond the obduracy and oppressiveness of history. These works are also graphic scores, which can be performed by music ensembles.

Selected exhibitions and projects include, Afro-Sonic Mapping, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2019); Respect Hip Hop Style and Wisdom, Oakland Museum of California (2018); Dakart, the Dakar Biennale, Senegal (2018); The World's Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, Perez Art Museum, Miami (2018); The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect 4, (the USA Triennial) (2017); The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014); Rehearsal at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA (2013); Radical Presence, Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York University (2013); Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Museum for the Holocaust and Human Rights, Mechelen Belgium (2012); Radical Presence, CAMH Texas (2012); The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, ICA Boston (2011); Art is a Combat Sport, Museum of Fine Art, Calais, France (2011); The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010). In 2013, Hoyt was artist-inresidence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, USA.