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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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Paperback, 9.5 x 11.5 in. / 204 pgs / 100 color / 60 bw.

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Pub Date
Forthcoming

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D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: SPRING 2021 p. 16   

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ISBN 9788793659353 TRADE
List Price: $40.00 CDN $56.00 GBP £35.00

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Humlebæk, Denmark
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 12/09/20–05/09/21

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LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Arthur Jafa: MAGNUMB

Edited by Lærke Rydal Jørgensen, Mathias Ussing Seeberg. Foreword by Poul Erik Tøjner. Introduction by Mathias Ussing Seeberg. Text by Nahum Chandler, Jared Sexton, NourbeSe Philip. Conversations with Arthur Jafa, Jacob Holdt, Faith Icecold.

Arthur Jafa, still from "Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death," 2016. Video (color, sound), 7 minutes, 25 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. From 'Arthur Jafa: MAGNUMB.'

An essential overview of Jafa's sweeping, dynamic and disquieting video portraits of Black American life

Though he has worked in film and music for decades, American video artist Arthur Jafa only garnered acclaim in the art world in 2016 for his video work Love is the Message, the Message is Death. Composed of found images and videos, his oeuvre revolves around Black American culture, the history of slavery, and ongoing structural and physical violence against Black Americans. As Jafa put it in his 2003 text “My Black Death”: “The central conundrum of black being (the double bind of our ontological existence) lies in the fact that common misery both defines and limits who we are. Such that our efforts to eliminate those forces which constrain also function to dissipate much which gives us our specificity, our uniqueness, our flavor by destroying the binds that define we will cease to be, but this is the good death (boa morte) to be embraced.”

This essential overview presents Jafa’s best-known works, such as Love is the Message, the Message is Death and its 2018 follow-up piece The White Album, alongside never-before-seen projects and essays by notable scholars.

Filmmaker and artist Arthur Jafa (born 1960) grew up in Mississippi, where his lifelong fascination with found imagery manifested in his childhood hobby of assembling binders of photographs culled from various sources. As a cinematographer and director of photography, Jafa has collaborated with Stanley Kubrick, Solange Knowles and Spike Lee, among many others. His work on Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust won him the Best Cinematography award at Sundance. At the 2019 Venice Biennale, he was awarded the Golden Lion for The White Album. Jafa lives in Los Angeles.


Arthur Jafa, still from "Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death," 2016. Video (color, sound), 7 minutes, 25 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. From 'Arthur Jafa: MAGNUMB.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Culture Type

Victoria Valentine

Arthur Jafa has been collecting images since he was a child growing up in Mississippi. The lifelong passion has manifested in film and video projects rife with a dynamic mix of pictures, perspectives, and juxtapositions. This volume provides an essential overview of Los Angeles-based Jafa’s most acclaimed projects, including “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” and “The White Album,” along with unseen projects.

Arthur Jafa: MAGNUMB

STATUS: Forthcoming | 6/1/2021

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Edited by Staffan Ahrenberg, Sam Keller, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Arthur Jafa, Anya Bondell. Text by Arthur Jafa, Saidiya Hartman.

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Arthur Jafa: MAGNUMB

ARTHUR JAFA: MAGNUMB

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

ISBN: 9788793659353
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Pub Date: 6/1/2021
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