Paul Cupido

Paul Cupido 1972

Lives in Hilversum. Works in Hilversum.
Represented by:

Kahmann Gallery

The photographic work of Paul Cupido revolves around the principle of mu: a philosophical concept that could be translated as ‘does not have’, but is equally open to countless interpretations. Mu can be considered a void, albeit one that holds potential. Cupido’s ongoing project Searching for Mu, which includes an artist’s book, photography and film, deals with the consoling beauty of the evanescent, the letting go of ego, and the reconnecting to deeper levels of consciousness. In the summer of 2018 Cupido worked on the project in residency in the Brazilian Amazon, this time related to the ephemeral and symbolic correspondences between the body and the earth. Cupido graduated cum laude from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam in 2017 with the first stage of Searching for Mu. He won the Benrido Hariban Juror’s Choice Award in 2017 and was featured in New Dutch Photography Talent 2018 and GUP Magazine issue 57 (2018).

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EDUCATION (selection) 2018-2019 Le Masterklass with Klavdij Sluban, Paris (FR) 2013-2017 Fotoacademie, Amsterdam (cum laude) (NL) 2016 Magnum Tokyo Workshop with Antoine d’Agata (JP) 2016 LFI Hamburg Worskhop with Jacob Aue Sobol (DE) SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019 Ephémère — BILDHALLE, Zurich (CH) GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection) 2019 Photo Basel (CH) 2019 Photo London (UK) 2019 Haute Photographie, Rotterdam (NL) 2018 This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (NL) 2018 It’s Personal, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 2018 PAN Amsterdam (NL) 2018 Encontros da Imagem / Discovery Awards 2018, Braga (PT) 2018 Festival Internacional de Fotografia Paraty em Foco (BR) 2018 Athens Photo Festival 2018 APhF:18 / Benaki Museum (GR) 2018 Haute Photographie, Fotografiska / Museum of Photography, Stockholm (SE) 2018 Haute Photographie, Rotterdam (NL) 2017 New Dutch Photo Talent 2018 / 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 2017 Window Of Wonder at Tipi Bookshop, Brussels (BE) 2017 Photography and the Artist Book: First Edition, Atlanta (US) 2017 Robert Capa Center, Budapest (HU) 2017 First Editions, Foam, Amsterdam (NL) 2017 Back to Paradise, DeelenArt, Rotterdam (NL) 2017 Belfast Photo Festival (Artist Residence Winner) (UK) 2017 REVEAL — Graduation Exhibition Fotoacademie, Loods 6, Amsterdam (NL) 2016 Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo (JP) 2016 Het Oog, Amsterdam (NL) NOMINATIONS & PRIZES (selection) 2019 Longlist Harry Penningsprijs (NL) 2018 Longlist Rabobank Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize(NL) 2018 Finalist Discovery Awards, Encontros da Imagem (PT) 2017 Window Of Wonder, Tipi Bookshop (BE) 2017 New Dutch Talent 2018 (NL) 2017 Juror’s Choice Award in the HARIBAN AWARD 2017 (JP) nominated by RongRong & Inri / Three Shadows Photography Art Centre 2017 Artist Residence Winner Belfast Photo Festival (UK) RESIDENCIES 2019 Can Serrat (ES) 2018 LabVerde, Amazonia (BR) 2017 Docking Station / Belfast Photo Festival (UK) ARTIST BOOKS 2019 Continuum — 224 visible / 88 hidden pages offset, selfcover 305 x 215 mm, 300 copies 2017 Searching for Mu — 106 pages offset, 200 x 260 mm, 200 copies 2016 Suave — zine, selfcover 120 x 180 mm, 10 copies BOOKS 2019 Ephémère — 800 copies 2019 Senses — 32 pages offset, hardcover 155 x 212 mm, 200 copies COLLECTIONS International Center of Photography, New York City (US) Foam First Editions (NL) Van Lanschot Art collection (NL) EXHIBITION CATALOGUES 2018 Encontros da Imagem (PT) 2018 Haute Photographie (NL) 2017 Benrido HARIBAN AWARD (JP) 2017 REVEAL — Fotoacademie graduation catalogue (NL) PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS (selection) 2018 Yogurt Magazine (IT) 2018 GUP #57 (NL) 2018 New Dawn Paper (NL) 2018 GUP New Photography Talent 2018 / editorial front cover (NL) 2017 Dodho Magazine (PT) 2017 Kiekie Krant (NL)