About the Photographer
Sepuya, Paul Mpagi
Paul Mpagi Sepuya is interested in the intimacy created during portrait sessions between the photographer and subject and the performative nature of photographing and posing in a studio environment. In his series, Figures, Grounds and Studies (2015-2016), Sepuya’s uses young queer men and himself as models. Using heavy drapery to cover portions of the bodies, Sepuya plays with the power of suggestion and denies the viewer of the ability to gaze at his subjects’ faces. Additionally, as with Mirror Study (2016), the artist often tears his prints into fragments, splitting the body parts of his models and collaging multiple prints. The resulting flat, yet sculptural, works obscure the identities of his models and create an assemblage of sometimes unidentifiable parts. Paul Mpagi Sepuya has been included in numerous exhibitions worldwide and is held in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.