Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography. He is Acting Associate Professor in Media Arts at University of California San Diego. Current exhibitions include a survey of work at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and a project for the Whitney Biennial 2019, and group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Guggenheim Museum, and Contemporary Art Museum Houston.
In this series of recent collages on paper, Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya makes photographs proposing a future for the homoerotic photograph, complicated by our current conversations around queerness and blackness. His collages are in direct conversation with his studio work. They are often made while the artist is participating in residencies or traveling. Using a smaller laser printer, the images are torn, their fragments directly re-arranged on sheets of paper. Together, they create analogue compositions reminiscent of his larger digital works.
DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Since 2016, DOCUMENT started exhibiting historical artists and has continued to anchor its program in a conversation between emerging voices and established figures. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT allows gallery artists to collaborate with the gallery in both their exhibitions and their daily artistic practice.