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Paul Mpagi Sepuya makes complex compositions by pointing his camera at a mirror covered with images and paper scraps mined from not only his personal archive but also our collective cultural trove, exploring intimacy, gender, and sexuality. The prints he utilizes include portraits he has taken of friends and lovers, self-portraits, and other ephemera such as bits of work from other artists (for example, drawings by queer Harlem Renaissance artist Richard Bruce Nugent) or cultural references such as depictions of the male nude across art history. The formation of identity emerges as multifaceted, a process that can result in something superficial, or something entirely hidden from view.
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Paul Mpagi Sepuya (American, b. 1982) is an American photographer and artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in 2004 in Photography & Imaging from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is an MFA candidate at UCLA. His photographs focus on the relationship between artist and subject, with his subject often being the male nude form.