“I want to make Black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of Black music,” the polymath artist and cinematographer Arthur Jafa has said. “That’s my big goal.” Jafa’s installations and films tend to focus on changing representations of Blackness—especially in the realms of culture and creativity. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Jafa found himself in the limelight in 2016, after exhibiting a video work titled Love is the Message, the Message is Death. In 2019, he won the top prize at that year’s Venice Biennale. He is recognized as one of the world’s most radical artists. This exhibition sees Jafa’s film, sculpture, and photography brought together in a single room. He addresses pain, beauty, and imaginative power. —E.C.
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