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Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York with Morán Morán, Los Angeles and Lundgren Gallery, Mallorca are delighted to present Birds in Paradise by Jacolby Satterwhite, a four part video installation comprised of two-channel animations. The suite of films is scored by a conceptual folk record the artist made from a cappella recordings written and sung by his late mother, the artist Patricia Satterwhite and presented in a theater of objects that echoes domestic spaces. “Birds in Paradise,” titled after a key record that speaks to the visual motifs threaded throughout the work, generates its narrative from an archive of borrowed anecdotes, personal mythologies, drawings and experimental dance performance footage accumulated by the artist throughout his life. He derives his film-making strategies from Fluxus and Surrealist principles revolving around chance and irrational juxtapositions for a queer Boschean tableau decorated with performances by artists, queer activists, dancers, sex workers and actors from his community.