Spotlight Series

Spotlight: ARTS.BLACK

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on some of the many arts publications that we respect, and this week we’re devoting our attention to ARTS.BLACK. “En Plein Air: A Collaboration between Jacolby Satterwhite and Trina” is the final selection from co-editors Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne, who write, “At ARTS.BLACK, we have a deep love for the Miami rapper Trina. After learning that she had partnered with another artist we love, Jacolby Satterwhite, to produce a short video installation, we flew from Detroit and Brooklyn for a trip that lasted less than twenty-four hours just to see the two perform together at the Perez Art Museum. Unfortunately, Satterwhite was unable to make the performance, but Trina was nothing short of stellar.” This article was originally published on May 12, 2015.


Jacolby Satterwhite. En Plein Air Vassalage, 2015. Courtesy of Oh Wow Gallery.

On April 30th, the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) debuted a video installation by artist Jacolby Satterwhite which featured Miami-bred rapper Trina. The film was followed with a short performance by the Diamond Princess herself, who performed hits like “The Baddest Bitch,” “Pull Over,” and “Look Back at It.” The collaborative performance is a part of the PAMM’s WAVES initiative, a series of commissioned collaborative performances among a range of interdisciplinary artists. The performance, entitled “En Plein Air,” took place in PAMM Beach, situated in the museum’s outdoor space along Biscayne Bay.

“..WATCH ME BUILD A TREE HOUSE..” a lyric rapped by Trina in her 2013 collaboration with Lil Wayne entitled “Wowzers,” echoed through the speakers. Trina’s lyrics continued: “DICK LIKE A TREE,” playing simultaneously along with the video. The sounds provided by DJ Total Freedom included some of Trina’s most provocative euphemisms chopped and slightly screwed melodically over gigantic bass-bound instrumentals.Trina’s voice was then matched with a visual avatar of the Miami-based rapper created by Satterwhite.

Read the full review here.