Jaya Pelupessy

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, Het Nederlands Fotomuseum, Tropenmuseum, and various private collections.

His photobook SET-PUT-RUN was selected as one of the Best Photobooks 2016 by the Volkskrant. The collaborative project Traces of the Familiar was shown in Foam 3h and was part of Back to the Future exhibition shown in Foam, C/O Berlin and the Mia Mano House in Budapest. In 2019, Pelupessy was selected as one of the Foam Talents and exhibited at the FOAM Talent 2019 in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt and New York. In 2020, he received K.F. Hein Stipendium and his work from The Studio Sculptures was acquired by the Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam (part of the presentation Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography). In 2021, Pelupessy will have a solo exhibition at Centraal Museum in Utrecht. 

In his latest project Manufactured Manual, Pelupessy developed a technique involving multiple color exposures on a silkscreen-frame. The artist is transforming this tool, normally used for numerous reproductions, into a singular work. He uses found footage gathered from photography manuals where photography is almost trying to explain itself. This project is aimed at making the constructions behind our visual consumption visible.

In Flatten Image (2019), Pelupessy examines the authenticity and value of reproduction. In a constant stream of images, the photographic print itself has become less valuable, and digital manipulations more common. By reintegrating these manipulations into an almost tangible and unique photographic process, the photographic print becomes a unique object again. Looking like layered collages, the works from this series are in fact direct photographs on light-sensitive paper, made with in-camera interventions.

The Studio Sculptures (2017) is a site-specific project divided into four chapters, shown at four different locations at different times: Galerie Caroline O’Breen, Art Rotterdam, Unfair Amsterdam, and Foam Talent in New York. In The Studio Sculptures, Pelupessy continues his exploration into the field of reproduction and takes it a step further into the physical object. For more about this series, click here

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