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Installation view, Prisoner of Love, MCA Chicago January 26 – October 27, 2019 Work shown: Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, 2016. Video (color, sound); 7 minutes, 25 seconds. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, anonymous gift to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2017.34. © 2016 Arthur Jafa.

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Prisoner of Love, Roundtable with Free Write Arts & Literacy

About the Event

Discuss the powerful themes and imagery in Arthur Jafa’s moving video artwork, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, in an open conversation with Chelsea Ross. A photographer, writer, and educator, Ross works with Free Write Arts & Literacy to encourage questions and discussion about the experience of storytelling, visualizing community, and culture-making.

In anticipation of Free Write's 2019 exhibition, In Conversation, Ross will be joined by Free Write curatorial assistant Omar Dyette, and exhibiting artists Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, and E'mon Lauren.

This program is produced in partnership with Free Write and the MCA's Partnerships and Engagement Liaison Gibran Villalobos

About the Speakers

Chelsea Ross

Chelsea Ross is a photographer, writer, and curator living and working in Chicago. Her cross-disciplinary practice explores and affirms ideas of femininity, sensuality, community, and world-making through collective imagination. In conversation with her personal work, Ross is cocreator of the photographic storytelling series 4x5: The Stories Behind the Frames and curator of exhibitions at Free Write Arts & Literacy.

Free Write Arts & Literacy

Free Write Arts & Literacy engages incarcerated and court-involved youth and young adults in the performing, visual, and literary arts so that they become the narrators of their own stories and authors of their futures. By codesigning creative space with students, Free Write supports them as they develop educational and career opportunities that reduce recidivism while also contributing to the public discourse around issues of youth incarceration.