Artist Lecture: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

A photograph of an artist studio.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Daylight Studio with Garden Cuttings (_DSF0334), 2022
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Join the artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya for a lecture that gives insight to his practice and work on display at Nottingham Contemporary in his exhibition Exposure.

Through his portraiture, Sepuya challenges the history of photography and deconstructs traditional portraiture by way of exposing, layering, fragmentation, mirror imagery, and the perspective of the black, queer gaze.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Ali Roche, the Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Live Programmes at Nottingham Contemporary.

About the event

Free for all.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one hour and a half. Seating is available.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will be held in The Space.

Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography. His work is in the collections of the Getty Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Hammer Museum, LACMA, MoMA, SFMoMA, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum, the Stedelijk, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum and among others. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Art in America, The Nation, and The Guardian, and on the cover of ARTFORUM’s March 2019 issue. Recent museum exhibitions include those at the Barbican Centre, the Guggenheim Museum, the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum, SFMOMA. A survey of work from 2006-2018 was presented at CAM St. Louis and Blaffer Art Museum in 2019 - 2020. His most recent body of work “Daylight Studio / Dark Room Studio” has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Vielmetter Los Angeles and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in Fall 2022 and simultaneous Summer 2023 solo exhibitions at Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Paris and Zürich. He is Associate Professor in Media Arts and MFA Program Director at the University of California San Diego.

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