Arthur Jafa Releases ‘Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death’ Visual

Arthur Jafa is a director, filmmaker and cinematographer who has used his platform to promote and express Black culture through a variety of mediums. In addition to speaking up about transgression in public spaces with Black culture guru Bell Hooks, he shot Spike Lee’s ’90s classic Crooklyn, co-directed the photography of our very own Solange‘s “Cranes In the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair” visuals and assisted with Beyoncé’sFormation” video. Jafa is known for the activism he freely expresses through his art and how it connects the history of Black people with current relevancy in the community.

His newest art installation, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, is an eight minute film consisting of clips and photographs from all avenues of Black life and media in all forms. From music visuals, video art, YouTube videos, dash-cam footage and photographs, Jafa’s piece presents still visuals of the everyday reality of Black folks. Soundtracking Kanye’s, “Ultralight Beam” over raw footage (both past and present), the filmmaker also included photos of Malcolm X, Dr. King, President Obama, Beyonce, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix and Lebron James. Art critic Hilton Als calls Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death a “film-essay.” In this brilliant showcase of hardships in the Black community, Jafa’s work is a powerful, thought provoking film that artfully shares the struggle of racism and everyday life of people of color.


Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death 
will be showing at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Harlem until January 28th. Click here for pictures and more information about Arthur Jafa’s art installation.

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