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, published by Fw:Books 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 his work was exhibited at the FOAM Talent 2019 in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt and New York. In 2020, he received K.F. Hein Stipendium and in 2021 he will have a solo exhibition at Centraal Museum in Utrecht.
In Flatten Image (2019), Pelupessy 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, 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. The works in this series look like layered collages — but, in fact, they are direct photographs on light-sensitive paper. A collage of light, in a way. During the exposure, a series of in-camera interventions are done to alter the image: sheets, stencils, etc. are put inside the camera. The shapes that are created refer to the tools that are used in Photoshop, such as the clone stamp or the brush tool. All the works are therefore unique and come in an edition of 1.
The Studio Sculptures (2017) is a site-specific project divided into four chapters, shown at four different locations at different times. The first presentation was at Galerie Caroline O’Breen, and the following ones — Art Rotterdam, Unfair Amsterdam, and Foam Talent exhibition 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. The images of this series are images that (almost literally) put the process of photography on a pedestal. The photographs depict the tools used for creating that very same image. These works are photographed in the scale model, enlarged. As a result, the exhibition space is reproduced in a detailed 1:5 scale model, creating a loop for the visitors of the exhibition who will physically be standing in the space. Click here for a CV