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Arthur Jafa

Love is the Message, The Message is Death

 

The Douglas Hyde in partnership with The Form Foundation is delighted to present the Irish premiere of Arthur Jafa’s seminal work Love is the Message, The Message is Death.

In Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) Jafa presents a poignant, visceral, and emotional reflection on African American life, identity, and history. Comprised of material largely taken from online sources, scenes of trauma, racism, and grief, such as routine police violence against Black people that is endemic to U.S. history, are presented alongside images of joy, defiance, and creativity, such as the performances of exceptional Black athletes, dancers, and musicians that are essential to the country’s identity.

Presented for the first time in Ireland, Love is the Message, The Message is Death, remains a stark reminder of the persistence of racial injustice and oppression in the United States and across the globe, and continues to encourage audiences to question: what can we do next?

 

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