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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

It's a Process

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is an artist who makes photographs. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. We spoke about his solo show Stage at Document in Chicago, which is on view through May 29, 2021. We also spoke about the studio as a stage, creating the conditions for a photo, using play and pleasure but not getting stuck in it, finding ways to complicate portraiture, the breakthrough of using a mirror, the process of collaborating with friends, photography and desire, art and eroticism, relationships between the image and the viewer, and Fassbinder.https://documentspace.com/exhibition/paul-mpagi-sepuya/https://www.paulsepuya.com/https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/paul-mpagi-sepuya

1hr 14mins

6 May 2021

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Bad at Sports Episode 763: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Bad at Sports

This week Ryan and Brian enter the dark room with Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The conversation floats along the inseparability of images and subcultures, the ritual of working an image in an analog dark room, and seeing exactly what is happening in the moment. 

56mins

14 Mar 2021

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the Inherent Intimacy of Photography

Working

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya about his unique style of intimate studio photography. In the interview, Paul breaks down the difference between artist and photographer, shares what it was like to get recognized for his work early in life, and explains why critical success doesn’t always translate to monetary success. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why it’s so difficult to sum up visual art with language. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.comPodcast production by Cameron Drews.And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

16 Aug 2020

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Working: Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the Inherent Intimacy of Photography

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This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya about his unique style of intimate studio photography. In the interview, Paul breaks down the difference between artist and photographer, shares what it was like to get recognized for his work early in life, and explains why critical success doesn’t always translate to monetary success. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why it’s so difficult to sum up visual art with language. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.comPodcast production by Cameron Drews.And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

16 Aug 2020

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Working: Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the Inherent Intimacy of Photography

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This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya about his unique style of intimate studio photography. In the interview, Paul breaks down the difference between artist and photographer, shares what it was like to get recognized for his work early in life, and explains why critical success doesn’t always translate to monetary success. After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why it’s so difficult to sum up visual art with language. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.comPodcast production by Cameron Drews.And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

16 Aug 2020

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Bonus: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Kate Shepherd

The Modern Art Notes Podcast

In a special pandemic bonus episode, artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Kate Shepherd discuss the extraordinary experience of having an exhibition of new work open and close at just about the same time. 

1hr 12mins

14 Apr 2020

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Chiura Obata

The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 426 features artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya and art historian/curator ShiPu Wang. The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston is presenting the survey exhibition "Paul Mpagi Sepuya." The exhibition originated at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and was curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi with Misa Jeffereis. The Houston presentation was coordinated by Tyler Blackwell. It's on view at the Blaffer through March 14. Sepuya's photographs of himself, his friends and his colleagues advance portraiture through layering, fragmentation, confusion and a certain kind of trompe l'oeil. They make us question what we see, how it's constructed, and encourage us to contemplate the relationship between reality and artifice. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (which included his work in "Being: New Photography 2018"), MOCA (where his work may be seen in "The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection" through January 20), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. On the second segment, art historian and curator ShiPu Wang discusses "Chiura Obata: An American Modern," a retrospective of Obata's career. Obata, who was born in Okayama, Japan, melded modernism and American landscapes with Japanese traditions to make a body of work that both engaged the United States and critiqued its racism. "Obata" debuted at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through May 25. The exhibition catalogue was published by University of California Press.

1hr 25mins

2 Jan 2020

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Episode 32 | Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Magic Hour

I went to go visit Paul Mpagi Sepuya on a cool day this past winter at his studio in the Boyle Heights area of LA. In one room, test prints, book mockups His desk and a big printer filled the space. In the other, a Russian plywood bench, a big mirror on the wall, a velvet curtain hanging and a camera on a tripod. He suggested we do the interview in that room, the set where many of his photos have been made, and maybe somehow, maybe the setting would provoke more interesting conversation. The items in that room are the elements in his photographs, and they all have significance in relation to his interests in portraiture, but what I found equally as interesting was the economy he used with those props in order to produce varieties of different, complex images. Nothing about his picture making process is really fancy, but that simplicity allows him to roam around in, and complicate the frame.In the past few years, Sepuya has really been on a roll - he’s had work in Moma’s most recent New Photography exhibition, is currently in the Whitney Biennial. He’s had had numerous solo shows, most recently at Team Gallery in New York and his photo Darkroom Mirrors was featured on the cover of Artforum’s March 2019 issue.-This episode was brought to you by:www.charcoalbookclub.com&www.lightwork.org/shop See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

11 Jul 2019

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Les photographies sonores de Paris Photo

PAUL MPAGI SEPUYANé à San Bernardino, États-Unis, en 1982; vit et travaille à Los AngelesYANCEY RICHARDSON  New York Dénudé, enlacé, fragmenté, drapé, détourné, posé, c’est un jeu de cache…

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5 Nov 2018