Paul Mpagi Sepuya

United States, 1​982.
L​ives and works in Los Angeles.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Mirror Study for Joe

2017
Ed. 5
Archival pigment print

86.36 x 116,84 cm

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Mirror Study ​(2017) Those works are part of ​“Figures, Grounds and Studies,” Paul Mpagi Sepuya current project which “lays bare an interdependent formal relationship between my gaze, the subject depicted and the viewer’s (or audience’s) presence within a history of eroticized and racialized photographic constructs.” Sep​uya extends beyond ​traditional studio portraits including photographs of photographs, arranging or ​collaging two-dimensional works with the material around him ; his work tends to be both abstract and representational. By working with his close circle of friends, ​he establishes the artist’s studio as a place where life and art intersect and let his aura appear, even when he stays behind the camera.

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Mirror Study

2017
Ed. 5
Archival pigment print

86.36 x 129,54 cm

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Mirror Study ​(2017) Those works are part of ​“Figures, Grounds and Studies,” Paul Mpagi Sepuya current project which “lays bare an interdependent formal relationship between my gaze, the subject depicted and the viewer’s (or audience’s) presence within a history of eroticized and racialized photographic constructs.” Sep​uya extends beyond ​traditional studio portraits including photographs of photographs, arranging or ​collaging two-dimensional works with the material around him ; his work tends to be both abstract and representational. By working with his close circle of friends, ​he establishes the artist’s studio as a place where life and art intersect and let his aura appear, even when he stays behind the camera.

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Mirror Study

2016
Ed. 5
Archival pigment print

86.36 x 129,54 cm

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Mirror Study ​(2017) Those works are part of ​“Figures, Grounds and Studies,” Paul Mpagi Sepuya current project which “lays bare an interdependent formal relationship between my gaze, the subject depicted and the viewer’s (or audience’s) presence within a history of eroticized and racialized photographic constructs.” Sep​uya extends beyond ​traditional studio portraits including photographs of photographs, arranging or ​collaging two-dimensional works with the material around him ; his work tends to be both abstract and representational. By working with his close circle of friends, ​he establishes the artist’s studio as a place where life and art intersect and let his aura appear, even when he stays behind the camera.

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Exhibition View

"Making Appear", Collective show
ALMANAQUE
Feb. 2018

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Exhibition View

Material Art Fair
Mexico City
Feb. 2018

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

United States, 1​982.
L​ives and works in Los Angeles.

 

One of the protagonist of photography in the international contemporary scene, his prestogius work was on view in the New Museum’s exhibition ​“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” until January 2018 and will be included in MoMA’s NYC exhibition “Being: New Photography 2018” to be inaugrated in March.

His oeuvre belongs to some of the most iconic collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MoCA LA) among others. ​His print zine series SHOOT (2005 – 2008) is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum Library, The Museum of Modern Art Library, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Sepuya ​currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where he graduated with an MFA in photography at UCLA. He resided in New York from 2000 – 2014, where he participated in Artist-in-Residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009 – 2010), the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2010), and The Studio Museum in Harlem (2010 – 2011).

He ​has exhibited in emblematic spaces of contemporary art such as Team Gallery (Bungalow), Los Angeles (2017); “Storefront: Public Fiction,” MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); DOCUMENT Gallery, Chicago (2015); Platform Centre for Photography, Winnipeg, Canada (2014).

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« I make photographs, books and installations rooted in portraiture, homoerotic visual culture and the function of the studio. Portraiture is the foundation of my practice. The subjects appearing in my work are a cast of friends, intimates and muses. They are founded in ongoing relationships mediated by the making and production of photographs.

My working process plays of what Brian O’Doherty calls the “collage of compressed tenses [within] studio time.” Every photograph contains within it the instances of what preceded it. In thinking of photography this way, I am able to bring together and embrace the contradictions that photographic production generates: in its accelerated gratification of desire and simultaneous displacement of its subjects by the resulting image-objects. It allows me to hold, within the studio, all material as potential. Each enters into the frame of another within a chain of production, revision, destruction and re-production.”

Mirror Study ​(2017) Those works are part of ​“Figures, Grounds and Studies,” Paul Mpagi Sepuya current project which “lays bare an interdependent formal relationship between my gaze, the subject depicted and the viewer’s (or audience’s) presence within a history of eroticized and racialized photographic constructs.” Sep​uya extends beyond ​traditional studio portraits including photographs of photographs, arranging or ​collaging two-dimensional works with the material around him ; his work tends to be both abstract and representational. By working with his close circle of friends, ​he establishes the artist’s studio as a place where life and art intersect and let his aura appear, even when he stays behind the camera.