Jaya Pelupessy 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.
Jaya Pelupessy (1989) studied Photography at the HKU. After graduating with honors, Pelupessy won the Steenbergen Stipendium 2013. The work Traces of the Familiar, which he made with Felix van Dam, was presented in Foam 3H and in FotoForum in Innsbruck. His photobook SET-PUT-RUN, published by Fw:Books was one of the Best Photobooks 2016 by the Volkskrant. Works by Jaya Pelupessy and Felix van Dam are also part of the Back to the Future – the 19th century in the 21st-century exhibition that was shown in Foam Amsterdam, and will open in C/O Berlin end of September.
Work by Jaya Pelupessy can be found in the collections of Foam, Steenbergen and in various private collections.
The Studio Sculptures
In The Studio Sculptures, Pelupessy continues his exploration into the field of reproduction and takes it a step further into the physical object. The exhibition spaces are 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 were 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.
The exhibition shows photographs and spatial work.
The paper of the Backdrop constantly changes due to the automatic up and down movement. The tabletop of the Shooting Table is curved and becomes a sculpture itself. The base of the papier-maché reproduction of the Paterson developing tray exists of pages from old books about the darkroom. In this way, darkroom techniques of analog photography reappear in his work. The same developing tray repeats itself in one of the photographs in the project.
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