" Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death (2016) "
- Nominated for : The International Prize of Contemporary Art 2019
Courtesy the artist and Gavrin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome ©Arthur Jafa, 2019
Arthur Jaffa’s Love Is the Message. The Message Is Death was nominated by the South African independent curator Tumelo Mosaka. In his words, the video “traces the representation of Black identity through a spectrum of largely popular images. From violent protests against police brutality in the United States, to bodies celebrating on streets as a testament about media representations of blackness. This work captures how black existence has endured attempts of injustice and exclusion. For Jafa this work has been a process of working through and sometimes beyond existing imaginary tropes drawn from multiple sources from print to media. It offers a mosaic of black culture under threat.”