• J.J. Kegan McFadden

    An active writer, curator, and artist, J.J. Kegan McFadden is a graduate from the Critical and Curatorial Studies program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia (2007) and since graduating has held the position of Director/Curator at PLATFORM. McFadden has organized exhibitions and screenings across Canada and internationally, most notably as part of the Prairie Scene produced through the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where he curated Quelle Derive: le possible et le Reel de Winnipeg for the artist-run centre, Axe Neo 7 (2011); the double-bill in Regina of As the Sidewalk Bleeds at The Dunlop Art Gallery and Cabin Fever at neutral ground contemporary art forum (2011); and the touring thirty-year survey, 27 x Doug: Portraits by Larry Glawson (2010–2011).

  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya

    Paul Mpagi Sepuya (1982, San Bernardino, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Basel, Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Berlin and Hamburg. His work has been featured and reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Interview, Capricious, V, Paper, and BUTT, among other publications. Recent exhibitions include Evidence of Accumulation, at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Studio Work at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, and awards include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency (2009-2010) and Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2010), and Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2010-2011).

  • Erdem Tasdelen

    Erdem Tasdelen grew up in Switzerland, Germany and Turkey. He received his BA in Visual Arts and Communication Design from Sabanci University in Istanbul in 2007, and his MAA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver in 2010. He currently lives in Vancouver and teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He has exhibited internationally at venues including MAK in Vienna; NON, ARTER and Sanatorium in Istanbul; 221A and Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver BC; and Oakville Galleries in Oakville ON.


Studio Work

January 26–March 2, 2013

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, <em>Studio Work</em>, Installation View

Artspeak - Paul Mpagi Sepuya - Studio Work

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, <em>Katie, February 7</em>, 2010. C-print, 18 x 24 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 1/3 - <em>Studio, March 2</em>, C-print, 24 x 32 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 1/3.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, <em>Tyler, February 18</em>, 2011. C-print, 18 x 24 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 1/3 - <em>Studio June 12</em>, 2011. C-print, 18 x 24 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 3/3 - <em>Ashraya and Keaton, January 23</em>, 2011. C-print, 18 x 24 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 1/3.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, <em>Studio Work</em>, Installation View

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, <em>Self-portrait, March 30</em>, 2011. C-print, 18 x 24 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 1/3

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, <em>Stuart and Lars, June 8</em>, 2011. C-print, 18 x 24 in, mounted on sintra, framed, edition 1/3

Artspeak will host the debut Canadian solo exhibition of recent work by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, titled Studio Work.

Studio Work is Sepuya’s most recent body of work, developed during his 2011-2012 artist residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The project is both a volume of photographs—formal portraits, loose snapshots, still-lifes and details of the his studio space—and an installation composed of those materials accumulated in the studio, tracing the artist’s occupation and photo-making from the beginning to the end of the residency. The work explores how the studio environment, as site of creation, editing, and accumulation, affects and frames portraiture and the performance of portraiture.

Sepuya made the self-portraits by inviting friends in to spend time and have their portraits made, in formal set-ups as well as snapshots. Each portrait is constructed amidst the unfinished editing process of those works that preceded it, and in reference to those other images that populate the studio. Sepuya states, “My studio was private, but not a closed environment. Rather, it was a stage that I inhabited and opened to those around me.”

Please join us at the opening reception of Studio Work, Friday January 25th. All are invited to a public conversation between artist and curator, to take place Saturday 26th, at 2PM.

The Canadian presentation of Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s Studio Work is curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden and co-produced by Artspeak and PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts (Winnipeg).

Postscript 50: Erdem Tasdelen on Studio Work (PDF)

Talks & Events

  • Conversation

    January 26, 2013

    Artist and curator in conversation.