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Jafa, Arthur; Tate, Greg (essay); Sharpe, Christina (essay); Brown, Gavin (gallerist)
Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death
[New York]: Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 2016. Original catalog published to accompany the 2016 premiere of Arthur Jafa's Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, warmly inscribed by the artist. A relentless, hypnotically edited seven-minute montage of found footage juxtaposing scenes of racist violence with moments of Black resistance and creativity, Jafa's film had its first public exhibition at Gavin Brown's Enterprise in Harlem in November 2016. The film would become a critical and popular sensation, and a touchstone of the Black Lives Matter movement. In June 2020, thirteen museums around the world, including MOCA, the Hirshhorn, the Tate, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, streamed Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death online for forty-eight hours straight. This catalog is anchored by critic Greg Tate's essay, "The Changeling Mise-en-Scène: Arthur Jafa's Meta Love and The New Black Reportage," but most of the volume is devoted to photographs. Interestingly, these are not stills from the film, but a separate group of images reenacting the film's cycles of violence, collapse, and regeneration. Jafa is known for his longtime practice of filling three-ring binders with carefully chosen and paired images: the selections here, which range from postcards of lynchings to promotional glossies of jazz bands, historic battlefield photographs to sunlit portraits of Jafa's young son, reflect that attention to rhythm. This copy is inscribed by Arthur Jafa: "Akwaeke / Love is the message / Another others / brothers / AJ 2017." The recipient is likely the Nigerian artist and noveli … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers [United States]
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