Paul Cupido (*1972, NL)

 

 

 

We are showing his work for the first time at Photo London, in a double exhibition with Albarrán Cabrera and subsequently at Photo Basel in June 2019. A solo exhibition at Bildhalle is scheduled for May 2019. We will be pleased to send you a documentation on request. 



Paul Cupido's work is concerned with and reflects upon the quest for inner peace, in the knowledge that quiet resignation is usually followed by renewed turmoil. From inside life's paradoxes, Cupido searches for beauty in the transient. Interwoven processes of making constitute his versatile approach to photography and other media. 

 

«I was born on Terschelling, a small island where nature and the elements reign. When I was a child, the local population still largely lived a subsistence lifestyle based on what nature had to offer, both in terms of indigenous food production and gathering, as well as collecting the things that have washed ashore. Our way of life is strongly defined by the cycle and rhythm of the seasons, the movement of the tides, the phases of the moon.
My experience and my memory of life on the island (I moved away long ago) have been supplemented with the notion drawn from quantum physics that nothing is solid, strengthening my belief that we as humans are intricately interwoven with natural phenomena, rather than being detached from nature.
An important aspect of my work is what I call layers of memories – think of your happy-go-lucky childhood, awakening adolescence, friendships and first loves, mistakes, growth, and ultimately passing on. Life events leave traces in our memories that also fade and often disappear. Sustaining and (re)building a relationship with nature can offer consolation for the inevitable transience of life. I want to make vulnerability and consolation recognizable.»

Paul Cupido, 2018

 

Paul Cupido was born on a small Dutch Island called Terschelling in 1972. In 2017, Cupido graduated cum laude from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam with the first installment of his ongoing multimedia project «Searching for Mu». He was awarded an artist's residency at the Belfast Photo Festival 2017 and the Hariban Jurors' Choice Award in Japan. GUP Magazine included his work in their New Dutch Talent 2018 issue. He is currently working on two new books, one including his work from Japan with graphic designer Aiko Wakabayashi and one featuring his work from the Amazon with publisher and graphic designer Esther Krop. Bildhalle will open Cupido's first solo exhibition in May 2017, the same month he will be exhibited at Photo London with the artist duo Albarrán Cabrera. Another exhibition is planed at Photo Basel in June 2019. Paul Cupido lives and works in Amsterdam.

 

«Surrounded by the endlessly rich and complex organism that is the Amazon, I began to reconnect with a more primal life balance, and appreciate ever more strongly that everything is connected and interdependent. I started to play freely again like a child, or a Homo Ludens. In the moonlight I photographed a balloon, which became a symbol for the moon, balancing at the tipping point of the earth's demise.
Back home, distressed by news of growing threats to the Amazon, I felt compelled to mirror those stories by inflicting similar violence on my photographs, cutting and burning through my images, and dousing them with black ink. The works from the series «Amazonia» are part of an ongoing visual study, exploring the destructive Anthropocene age, and the search for solace in primal experiences.»

Paul Cupido, Project «Amazonia»