Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death

28 Mar 2019 – 12 May 2019

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Tate Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom


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  • Liverpool ONE Bus Station on Canning Street is directly opposite the Albert Dock, approximately 365 metres from Tate Liverpool. Route C4 also stops at the Albert Dock.
  • The nearest train station to Tate Liverpool is James Street station, Liverpool L27PQ (720 metres approx.). For travel within Merseyside plan your journey at merseyrail.org.
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“I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music. That’s my big goal”. Arthur Jafa


Produced by American artist and film-maker Arthur Jafa (b. 1960), Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a powerful presentation that traces black history and experience in America.

The seven-minute film 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 film 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.

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