Jaya Pelupessy (b. 1989, NL) uses photography to investigate the medium’s status. Central to his work are the processes that lead to autonomous images; an examination of to what extent the process itself and the visibility of that process strengthens, invalidates, or delivers new autonomous images. Countless ‘loops’ within his own work emerge, within which reproductions are again reproduced. Work by Jaya can be found in the collections of Foam, Steenbergen and various private collections.
His photobook SET-PUT-RUN, published by Fw:Books was one of the Best Photobooks 2016 by the Volkskrant. The collaborative project Traces of the Familiar was shown in Foam 3h and is part of the Back to the Future — the 19th century in the 21st century exhibition shown in Foam, C/O Berlin and the Mia Mano House in Budapest. In 2019 he was selected as one of the Foam Talents of 2019 and exhibited his work at the FOAM Talent 2019 exhibition in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt and New York.
The Studio Sculptures
The Studio Sculptures (2017) is a project divided in three chapters and will be shown at three different locations at different times. The first opening was on the 25th of November at Galerie Caroline O’Breen where a site-specific installation was shown, the second presentation at Art Rotterdam and the third at Unfair Amsterdam.
In The Studio Sculptures, Pelupessy continues his exploration into the field of reproduction and takes it a step further into the physical object. The gallery space is reproduced in a detailed scale model on a 1:5 scale. The images that are made for this series are images that (almost literally) put the process of photography on a pedestal. Tools that where used for creating that very same image. These works are photographed in the scale model and enlarged. Those works will be presented at the gallery. Creating a loop for visitors of the exhibition whom will physically be standing in the space. A space they are also looking at reproduced in the works.
Art historian and Foam curator Kim Knoppers wrote a text about The Studio Sculptures.
In Flatten Image Pelupessy continues his exploration into reproduction processes and combines digital and analogue techniques to examine the authenticity and value of reproduction. In a constant stream of images, the photographic print itself has become less valuable. Digital manipulations have become common in our everyday consumption of images. By reintegrating these manipulation processes into an almost tangible and unique photographic process, the photographic print becomes a unique object again. The works in this series look like layered collages but in fact, are direct photographs on light-sensitive paper. In a way, you could see it as a collage of light. Whilst making the photo, a series of in-camera interventions are done to alter the image. Sheets, stencils, etc. are put in the camera during the exposure time. The shapes that are created refer to the tools that are used in Adobe Photoshop such as the clone stamp or the brush tool. All the works are therefore unique and come in an edition of 1.
Click here for a CV of Jaya Pelupessy