Tate joins worldwide screening of Arthur Jafa’s message

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IN COLLABORATION with the artist, Tate will be one of a group of international museums and collections to simultaneously livestream Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016 by American artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa.

This work is a powerful meditation on racism and black pain, creativity and black resilience.

Tate acquired an edition for its collection in 2018 and it was shown at Tate Liverpool in 2019.

The stream will start at 19.00 (BST) on June 26 and will conclude 48 hours later.

It will be available to view for free on Tate’s website at this page.

Love is the Message, The Message is Death is a seven-minute video made up of clips collaged from original and found footage.

Distressing scenes of historic and contemporary violence inflicted on Black Americans by individuals and institutions are woven with scenes of religious ecstasy, athletic prowess, poetic and musical performance – what Jafa has called ‘a black display of Black excellence.’ 

Arthur Jafa said: “I am thrilled for the opportunity, finally, to have as many people as possible see Love is the Message, The Message is Death.” 

To accompany the stream, two roundtable panel discussions convened by the artist will take place at www.sunhaus.us.
 
Panel 1 
19.00 BST Saturday 27 June 
With Peter L’Official, Josh Begley, Elleza Kelley and Thomas Lax. Moderated by Tina Campt. 

Panel 2 
19.00 BST Sunday 28 June 
With Aria Dean, Rashaad Newsome, Isis Pickens and Simone White. Moderated by Tina Campt. 


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