Ann Hirsch, Jacolby Satterwhite & Jamillah James in Conversation
Jamillah James Curatorial Fellowship
Friday, May 23rd 2014



In Conversation: Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite
New York-based artists Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite joined Aux Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James for a discussion of their respective bodies of work, both of which consider identities in flux, particularly as they exist in digital space. Both performers explore presentations of selfhood through technology—Hirsch through a series of webcam and live performances that reflect on the formation of sexual identity and desire in media, and Satterwhite through a series of videos, performances and installations that situate the familial and personal in a virtual fantasia of his own design.

Video Documentation


Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who looks at the ways technology has influenced popular culture and gender. Her research has included becoming a YouTube camwhore, amassing over two million views on her videos, as well as making appearances on some popular reality television shows including as a romantic contestant on Vh1’s Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair. She was awarded a 2012–13 Rhizome commission for her two person play Playground, which debuted at the New Museum and was recently awarded a 2014 WaveFarm Media Arts grant to continue producing this show. Her companion ebook, Twelve was censored from the iTunes store but is now available through Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. Hirsch has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work been written about for, the New York Times,, and more. Her first solo show, Muffy, is currently on view at American Medium in New York through the end of June.

Jacolby Satterwhite received a MFA from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2010; a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore in 2008; and completed residencies at the Headlands Center of the Arts in Sausalito, California in 2012 and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine in 2009. He is currently in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, and a recipient of the 1st year and 2nd year Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship (FAWC) in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Satterwhite is currently participating in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art and When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. His work has been included in group exhibitions Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston); Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions and Fore (The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the screenings New Frontier (Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah) and First Look: New Art Online: Aboveground Animation: 3D-Form (New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York). He also contributed a performance score to Clifford Owens’s 2010 exhibition, Anthology at MoMA PS1. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Grey Lines (Recess Activities, New York); Island of Treasure (Mallorca Landings Gallery, Mallorca, Spain); and The Matriarch’s Rhapsody (Monya Rowe Gallery, New York). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.