KMAC presents photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Emily Miles
KMAC Museum

KMAC presents photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya 
Exhibition “Portraits / Positions” in conjunction with Louisville Photo Biennial

(LOUISVILLE, KY) – August 18, 2017 –  KMAC Museum is pleased to present Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Portraits / Positions, in conjunction with the Louisville Photo Biennial, on view from September 22 – November 12, 2017 in the third floor gallery. Donors and members are invited to a preview on Friday from 6-8pm.
Sepuya is known for his extensive photographic documents of domesticated scenes of friends, fellow artists, and lovers. Interwoven within these tender, often amatory, environments is Sepuya’s practice of including anatomized photographs of his studio. Serving as intimate studio still lifes his images capturing the dormant settings of portrait props, drapes, tripods and his own restaged photographs collaged onto mirrors, are further extensions of the pleasure and desire that stem from the social world in which is work is grounded.
Sepuya’s dissected scenes of portrait making presage a more cumulative process, one that continually builds on an identity firmly within a social structure of gay male peers and mentors. His tableaus are informed by a coded language of visuals, social cues, and other signals to queer culture from Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar and George Dureau to more obscure and subversive communities within the history of the gay avant-garde. Positioned within this historical framework, Sepuya aligns with the contemporary impulse among artists to locate a space of unity for their work to exist. As his photographs index previous studio activity and former portrait sessions, his studio becomes as much the focus as his living subjects.
The artist, whose work A Sitting for Matthew is also featured in the current exhibition Victory Over the Sun, will speak at the museum on November 4, 2017 at 3:30pm.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya was born in San Bernardino, California in 1982. He received a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2004 and a MFA in Photography from the University of California Los Angeles in 2016. His work is included in the upcoming exhibition “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” on view at the New Museum in New York from September 27, 2017-January 21, 2018. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

About KMAC Museum
Art is the Big Idea. Craft is the Process. The museum connects people to art and creative practice. KMAC is offering free admission through June 2017 thanks to a generous donation from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Making Smiles Happen Charitable Giving Campaign. The museum is supported by Kentucky Arts Council and Fund for the Arts. For more information, visit or call (502) 589-0102.

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