Proposals for an In/Exhaustible Image of Identity

Installation view of Arthur Jafa,  Love is the Message, The Message is Death , 2016 // Photo by Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death, 2016 // Photo by Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago

EXCERPT: “Whereas the act of becoming visible often provides the relief of representation, it subsequently binds a subject in expectation, calculability, and limitation. Jafa’s film adheres to this formulation, but pushes further, so that the images envisioning possibilities of blackness are inexhaustible. The cropped condition of these video clips reminds viewers that much has been left out, also pointing to the conceptual and material limits of visibility. Though Jafa’s work considers blackness’ confrontation with being seen, its fragmentary condition continuously evades seizure.”

FULL TEXT: “Proposals for an In/Exhaustible Image of Identity,” The SEEN Journal, April 2019.