Arthur Jafa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Arthur Jafa
Born Arthur Jafa Fielder
Nationality American
Notable work Daughters of the Dust

Arthur Jafa (born Arthur Jafa Fielder, 1960, Tupelo, Mississippi) is an African American artist, video maker, and cinematographer.[1] He has exhibited at the Hirschorn, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Julia Stoschek Collection.[2][3][4] His role as a cinematographer with directors such as Julie Dash and Spike Lee has been notable, with his work on Daughters of the Dust (1991) winning the Cinematography Award at Sundance.[5] His seven-minute video Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the High Museum of Art.[1][6] He was included in the 2017 ArtReview Power 100 list.[7] His work is represented by Gavin Brown's Enterprise.[8][9]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Freeman, Nate (2018-03-27). "The Messenger: How a Video by Arthur Jafa Became a Worldwide Sensation—and Described America to Itself". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  2. ^ Hornaday, Ann (2017-11-15). "Filmmaker Arthur Jafa makes his Hirshhorn debut with a stunning video installation". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death". The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  4. ^ "'Black People Figured Out How to Make Culture in Freefall': Arthur Jafa on the Creative Power of Melancholy | artnet News". artnet News. 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Arthur Jafa". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Arthur Jafa's Crucial Ode to Black America". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Art Review Power 100". ArtReview. 
  8. ^ "Gavin Brown's Enterprise: Arthur Jafa". 
  9. ^ "Arthur Jafa's Profound Meditations on Black America". The New York Times. 2018-05-17. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-01.