Event 'Somewhat Eternal', 'Love is the Message', and 'Avalanche'

'Somewhat Eternal', 'Love is the Message', and 'Avalanche'

Exhibition Opening

20 January 2024

Join us for the opening of three new exhibitions from Darug/Sydney-based artist Justine Youssef, American artist Arthur Jafa, and Singaporean artist Dawn Ng.

Across video, textiles, and scent, Justine Youssef’s Somewhat Eternal reveals the manifold impacts of displacement and considers our complicity in reproducing these conditions. Exploring the maintenance of her matrilineal family’s rituals, Youssef considers broader cycles of dispossession and places belief in the alternatives and futures these cultural practices offer us.

In just seven-and-a-half minutes, Arthur Jafa’s roller-coaster montage video Love is the Message, The Message is Death encapsulates African American experience as a tale of resilience. It combines footage shot by Jafa—an artist with a long career as a cinematographer and director—with excerpts from films, newscasts, sports coverage, music clips, and citizen videos to create a poignant meditation on African American history, life, and identity.

Dawn Ng’s expansive practice deals with time, memory, and the ephemeral. For Avalanche, the artist crafted pigmented blocks of ice, then filmed them melting away. Compressing hours into minutes, Ng fast tracks this glacial decay while evoking calming waterfalls and collapsing ice shelves, turning entropy into eye candy.



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Installation view, 'Justine Youssef: Somewhat Eternal', UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2023. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Related Exhibition

Justine Youssef

Somewhat Eternal

20 Jan–07 Apr 2024

Arthur Jafa

Love is the Message, The Message is Death

20 Jan–07 Apr 2024

Dawn Ng


20 Jan–18 Apr 2024

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