Artist

Arthur Jafa

Born in Tupelo, 1960 and lives in Los Angeles

Arthur Jafa‘s first solo exhibition at Gavin Brown Enterprise took place in 2016. He was selected for the 2016 “Made in L.A.” Biennial at the Hammer Museum, and in 2015, he presented “APEX redacted”, a public video installation for Flux Night in Atlanta. Additionally, his work was included in Kara Walker’s exhibition “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the ICA Philadelphia and he has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001); Media City, Seoul (2000); Black Box, CCAC Institute, Oakland (2000); and Artists Space, New York (1999). Selected works as a film director include: “Slowly This”, “Smile”, “Until”, “Deshotten”, “Dreams Are Colder Than Death”, “Adrian Young”. As a cinematographer, he has worked with featured-film directors, John Akomfrah, Julie Dash, Andrew Dosunmu, Haile Gerima, and Spike Lee. Jafa is also a principal member of studio collective TNEG (along with Elissa Blount Moorhead and Malik Hassan Sayeed), a trans-Atlantic university lecturer; and has published a scribe of critical theory manifestos

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions
In this exhibition are presented Arthur Jafa's works of the past two decades
21 Feb 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Exhibitions
Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions
“How do we imagine things that are lost? What kind of legacy can we imagine despite that loss and...
08 Jun 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
Exhibitions
Elements of Vogue. A Case Study in Radical Performance
“Elements of Vogue. A Case Study in Radical Performance” explores ways in which minorities use their...
17 Nov 2017 - 06 May 2018
Exhibitions
Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions
The exhibition, developed in partnership with Serpentine Galleries, London, presents the work the American...
11 Feb 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
Julia Stoschek Collection
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Arthur Jafa: Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death
Arthur Jafa’s work investigates the prevailing assumptions about race and identity through an interdisciplinary...
30 Aug 2018 - 21 Apr 2019
Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
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Prisoner of Love
The collective exhibition “Prisoner of Love” revolves around life’s heights and depths,...
26 Jan 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
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Arthur Jafa
Awarded the Golden Lion for best artist in the central exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2019, the LA...
28 Jun 2019 - 08 Sep 2019
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