Paul Mpagi Sepuya, ‘Mirror Study (0X5A0486)’, 2017, DOCUMENT
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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Mirror Study (0X5A0486), 2017

Archival Pigment Print
34 × 51 in
86.4 × 129.5 cm
Location
Chicago
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Paul Mpagi Sepuya
American, b. 1982
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Informed by a critical understanding of art history, Paul Mpagi Sepuya deconstructs archetypal subjects like the male nude and self-portrait, meditating on the fragmentation of queer and photographed bodies. Manipulating perspective using mirrors, drapery, and collage, the Los Angeles-based photographer complicates subjective relationships within an image. The artist’s studio provides context for Sepuya’s site-specific commentary on portrait photography, the artistic process, and queer identities. Within this erotic queer space where experimentation is possible, Sepuya explores the tension between elusive desire and ambiguous sensuality. Sepuya wrote, “I want these queer, black photographs to exist within historic and contemporary conversations about photography as a whole, affirming the medium and my personal investment in its possible futures.”

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, ‘Mirror Study (0X5A0486)’, 2017, DOCUMENT
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About the work
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Paul Mpagi Sepuya
American, b. 1982
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Informed by a critical understanding of art history, Paul Mpagi Sepuya deconstructs archetypal subjects like the male nude and self-portrait, meditating on the fragmentation of queer and photographed bodies. Manipulating perspective using mirrors, drapery, and collage, the Los Angeles-based photographer complicates subjective relationships within an image. The artist’s studio provides context for Sepuya’s site-specific commentary on portrait photography, the artistic process, and queer identities. Within this erotic queer space where experimentation is possible, Sepuya explores the tension between elusive desire and ambiguous sensuality. Sepuya wrote, “I want these queer, black photographs to exist within historic and contemporary conversations about photography as a whole, affirming the medium and my personal investment in its possible futures.”

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Mirror Study (0X5A0486), 2017

Archival Pigment Print
34 × 51 in
86.4 × 129.5 cm
Location
Chicago
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