Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death

Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

'I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music. That’s my big goal'. Arthur Jafa

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Produced by American artist and film-maker Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a powerful presentation that traces black history and experience in America.

The seven-minute video is a poignant montage of historic and contemporary footage, cut at a rapid-pace and set to Kanye West’s gospel-inspired Ultralight Beam.

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death includes: a civil rights march, former US President Obama singing Amazing Grace at the eulogy for the 9 Charleston parishioners killed by a white supremacist, Martin Luther King waving from the back of a car and Beyoncé in her video for 7/11.

These images are combined with footage shot by Jafa himself, including his daughter’s wedding, his mother dancing, and footage from previous works, mixing his personal experience with a collective one.

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Arthur Jafa is a film director, cinematographer, and visual artist who has worked with musicians and directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Solange Knowles and Jay-Z.

Arthur Jafa. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Arthur Jafa. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome.

Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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Dates

29 March – 12 May 2019