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Arthur Jafa


Information about the artwork

  • Year1988/2019
  • MaterialGelatin silver print mounted to aluminum
  • Dimensions169.7 x 120.7 cm
  • Year of acquisition2019
  • Inventory numberUAB 1233
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited
  • Copyright© Arthur Jafa. Photo: Haydar Koyupinar, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich

More about the artwork

Like many of Jafa’s works, his memorable self-portrait “Monster” also represents an examination of racism in the USA. Through the title, he marks the Black subject as primitive, fear-inducing, monstrous – a deep-seated stereotype that still influences people’s perceptions and actions to this day. One way of getting away from these stereotypes is empowering oneself by creating one’s own image. Jafa takes the way he wants to be seen into his own hands, literally. This is also reflected in his self-assured gaze straight into the camera.

Further artworks

Artwork: "Foraging (asphyxia version)" from Pope.L
Pope.L Foraging (asphyxia version), 1993–1995/2008 yes Ground floor
Artwork: "Untitled" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003 yes Lower level
Artwork: "Lepanto I" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Lepanto I, 2001 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Lepanto V" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Lepanto V, 2001 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Untitled (“In Memory of Babur”) (Lexington)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Babur”) (Lexington), 2000 yes Upper floor