Friday, March 21, 2014

ARTIST TALK: Paul Mpagi Sepuya / Chicago, IL / March 26, 2014

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Studio, January 27, 2014, Laser print on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches. Image via
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6pm

5020 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL

Please join the Hyde Park Art Center on Wednesday, March 26 at 6pm at Hyde Park Art Center for a presentation by 2014 Jackman Goldwasser Residency Artist, Paul Mpagi Sepuya as he discusses his practice and recent work.

Sepuya explores what it means for artists using photography to be making portraiture today. With the ubiquity of image-making, he challenges the diminished position of the portrait photographer, asserting the importance of the artist and image as rooted in time and place.

Occupying the dual role of author and subject of the work, Sepuya examines the social "bibliography" of a picture, which develops and accumulates over time, across projects, in harmony and in tension with subjects and their communities. Through the work Sepuya explores the possibility of return, inquiring how photographs, print projects, and online disseminations return from their excursions into the world enriching and complicating the studio space as site of their origination.

The New York-based artist will be in residence at Hyde Park Art Center until April 15. While in Chicago, Sepuya will be tracing legacies of individuals and institutions crucial to the development of Chicago's queer culture. Echoing his practice, Sepuya's studio at Hyde Park Art Center will be an important site for his experiments framing, cropping, and editing photographs.

To set up a studio visit or meeting, please contact Megha Ralapati at

For more information on Sepuya's Chicago visit, the Jackman Goldwasser Residency and to see a lineup of the Hyde Park Art Center’s 2014 Visiting Artists, please click here.

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