Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death

Arthur Jafa
Date: 
Saturday, 10 December 2022 to Sunday, 19 March 2023
Location: 
Joseph Archibald Gallery

Produced by artist, director and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a masterful convergence of found footage that traces African-American history and identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery. Set to the searing highs and lows of Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track, “Ultralight Beam,” Jafa’s acclaimed seven-minute video includes images of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr to Barack Obama singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of Reverend Clement Pinckney, to helicopter views of the LA Riots and a crowd of bodies dancing ‘The Dougie’.

Image/s credit
Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (still), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York.