Recent Pictures/A Journal will feature fourteen photographs taken from Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s newest body of work. The collection draws from photographs that were made between the summer of 2011 and the fall of 2012. The images were taken at home in Brooklyn, in California, and during his travels to Copenhagen, Paris, and Barcelona. Taken outside the confines of his previous bodies of work, they draw from the artist’s life and were inspired by the literary genres of conversational portraits and memoir. They reference the influence of generations of personal and creative exchanges. The work will feature portraits of close friends as well as images of what the artist describes as the places where creative connections are made and are the powerful spaces where art is born.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Basel, Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Berlin and Hamburg. His work has been featured and reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Interview, Capricious, V, Paper, and BUTT, among other publications. Recent exhibitions include 30 Seconds Off an Inch at The Studio Museum in Harlem and 50 Artists Photograph the Future at Higher Pictures and recent awards include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency (2009-2010) and Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2010), and Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2010-2011).