Joan Mitchell Center

Satch Hoyt

International Artist-in-Residence
Sculptor & Installation Artist
October 9 – December 1
Berlin, Germany

During his residence, Hoyt will also be exhibiting in the Prospect.4 New
Orleans Biennial. Learn more at

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 paintings and drawings. There is a dichotomy in the genres that define two sides of the same coin: a dual and complementary reflection on the African Diaspora and its multi-fold consequences. The sculptural trope in Hoyt’s work addresses the facts on the ground, so to speak, of black experience, while the drawings tap into a spirit of fantasy, refuge, and transcendence - they are vehicles for an imaginative journey beyond the obduracy and oppressiveness of history. With regards to his musical accomplishments, Satch Hoyt has composed a number of songs with Grace Jones; noteworthy, is 7 Day Weekend which is on the triple platinum soundtrack album of the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang.

Hoyt also worked with master percussionist composer Stomu Yamashta, played flute on Louise Bourgeois’ OTTE, and is flautist - percussionist in Burt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber since 2001. Hoyt has sung and played on numerous recordings and has recently recorded a new album in Berlin, Battlefields Of Peace, under the pseudonym Pharoah Dreams which includes guest musicians Julia Kent (Anthony and the Johnsons), Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansie), Earl Harvin (Me’shell Ndegocello) and Dave Smoota Smith (TV On The Radio). The album is co-written and co-produced with Dirk Leyers.

Selected exhibitions and projects include, 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).

Hoyt has participated in the San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico (2009); the Beijing Biennial, China (2008); Infinite Island, Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum (2007), Equatorial Rhythms, The Stenersen Museum, Norway (2007); Black Light White Noise, Sound and Light in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2007); the Tate Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, U.K. (2004); Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art (2004); Brown v. Board of Education, Gallery 138, New York (2004); Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2003) traveling to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2004) and the Barbican Art Gallery, London, U.K. (2004); The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2003); Body Power/Power Play, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany (2002) and SportCult, apexart, New York (2001).

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Say It Loud

Say It Loud

2004, books, metal staircase, microphone, speakers, sound, dimensions variable