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Paul Mpagi Sepuya Lecture

Apr 26 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

Free and open to the pubic


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s color photographs demonstrate his active engagement with the history and process of portraiture, as well as his experiments with framing, cropping, and editing. Sepuya portrays young men in his community, making visible the relationships and intimacy between himself and his subjects. By inviting his subjects into his studio space, Sepuya adds his presence to the photographs, even from behind the camera. His naturalistic photographs capture friends, male nudes, and life in the studio. Often Sepuya arranges and re-photographs his prints, collaging two-dimensional works with the objects and people around him. This gesture depicts the artist’s studio as a site where life and art intersect. He has had solo exhibitions at DOCUMENT in Chicago, Platform Centre for Photography in Winnipeg, Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in Memphis, and Artspeak in Vancouver. His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis.

Visiting artists and curators enrich PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies, a multidisciplinary, mentor-based program that encourages independent inquiry and supports critical approaches to the production of visual art. Grounded in one-on-one mentorships, the program is enhanced by exhibition opportunities, seminars, residencies, and national and international travel.