Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery


Arthur Jafa - The White Album
Arthur Jafa, The White Album, 2018, Video Still © Arthur Jafa Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery

Unrest brings together two of the 21st century’s most powerful works of art.

Arthur Jafa’s Love is the message, the message is death 2016, collages Jafa’s own footage with internet video samplings from a range of sources. ‘These images traverse the twentieth century, focusing on the lives of Black people set against the backdrop of systemic racism and White supremacism.’ https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/746246

In Jafa’s The White Album, ‘the flow of seemingly disparate video clips conveys a charged, raw yet occasionally tender image of white visual culture. It is a portrayal of a group of people, which takes its status for granted and whose identity and gaze are shaped by centuries of supremacy. The work reflects whiteness as a structural norm, the hierarchical order that makes it possible to reject cultural expressions of others – or to appropriate them. https://www.modernamuseet.se/stockholm/en/2021/06/07/arthur-jafas-white-album-display/

Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery


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Thursday, 6th April 2023 5 – 7:30 PM

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