Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death 

In just a few minutes, Arthur Jafa’s roller-coaster video Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death encapsulates African American experience as a tale of resilience. It combines footage shot by Jafa, an artist with a long career as a cinematographer and director, with excerpts from films, newscasts, sporting events, music clips, and citizen videos. Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death exemplifies Jafa’s goal to craft ‘a Black cinema’, one with strong ties to music, responsive to the ‘existential, political, and spiritual’.

20 January—7 April

Institute of Modern Art

420 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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