Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures

By Isaiah Carter

 

Once again Arthur Jafa invokes a powerful message through his work that showcases how influential he is as an artist and a messenger. 

Cinematographer Arthur Jafa debuts a new exhibition, at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Harlem, titled: Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures. This exhibition expands on the concept of 'Blacknuss.' 

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'Blacknuss' is a term referring to what it means to be in America, while harboring the “presence of shock, horror, trauma, transcendence and transgressive impulses in the history of being black”. 

The media presented in Arthur’s new exhibition presents the reality of this new term and the legacy of being Black in America. 

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akingdoncomethas serves as a visual ode to the Black Christian experience. Located on the second floor of the gallery, one can find an entire room featuring a Sunday in Black churches. The worshipping is done with such liveliness that the screen commends your respect and attention. 

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An homage to Jafa’s childhood in Mississippi will be found on the third floor of the gallery, titled 'Big Wheels'.  

There you will find giant truck tires suspended in the air with chains. The city of Tupelo has been home to several manufacturing industries and a noticeable company is Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. This company and its speciality contribute greatly to this installation. 

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Once again Arthur Jafa invokes a powerful message through his work that showcases how influential he is as an artist and a messenger. 

All images: © Natal Space