Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA, 94107
Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s work is rooted in portraiture, homoerotic visual culture, and the role of the studio. His highly crafted photographs, in which his subjects are often revealed in fragments, alert us to the artifice and performance that are an integral part of the photographic process; a constant negotiation between the artist, the sitter, the viewer, and the work itself.
Describing his subjects as a cast of friends, intimates, and muses, Sepuya sees these relationships as being mediated by the making and production of photographs. Using a combination of draped fabric, careful framing, and layering of images of his previous work, the viewer sees arms, thighs, torsos, and hands, but rarely the whole of the subject’s body. Through shooting into his studio mirror, Sepuya draws his varied source materials together in one plane. His deliberately provocative approach is designed to create a feeling of longing within the viewer, to see what is concealed. This form of active looking implicates the viewer within the creative process and highlights the role of desire as a productive and critical force.
Sepuya was born in 1982 and he lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of California Los Angeles in 2016 and a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. His first solo exhibition in Europe—Double Enclosure— is currently on view at Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam through November.
Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program
Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.
Larry Sultan Photography Award
Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
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Since 2008, Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) has been making photographic portraits and capturing intimate moments as she visits people in diverse and far-flung locales including Siberia, Egypt, and the southern United States. Upon arrival at a new location, she approaches locals and asks to share their home for an evening. From these chance encounters and overnight stays, Depoorter builds rapport and develops trust with her hosts, eventually allowing her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives in extraordinarily intimate photographs.
Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the home of locals in Siberia and earned her the 2009 Magnum Expression award among other accolades. She traveled to the southern United States periodically between 2010 and 2014 to complete a similar long term project titled I am about to call it a day, which resulted in a book published by Edition Patrick Frey (Switzerland) and Hannibal (Belgium) in 2014. Depoorter says of her work, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”
Depoorter’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, NY, and Photomuseum The Hague, NL. She became a nominee of the Magnum agency in 2012 and a full member in 2016. Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.