Paul Cupido ENG
More information about artist Paul Cupido, artist at DeelenArt, Gallery, Rotterdam.
Earlier this year Paul Cupido (1972) graduated Cum Laude from the photoacademy Amsterdam (2017). His work is mainly focused around the idea of Mu (a Japanese term) and goes beyond having to choose. In translation it’s meaning comes close to ‘does not have’. The accompanying book was sold out immediately, and is on display for the summer at the international photography museum Foam Amsterdam. His work was part of the Belfast Photo Festival, where he won an Artist Residency.
Japan is the source of inspiration for the project "Mu" by Paul Cupido . He travelled from Tokyo to Abashiri. Not in order to get to know the country, but to understand the Japanese concept Mu. Mu does not translate well, but comes closest to being "not". Paul sought the acceptance of the finiteness of life, knowing that it starts again and again. In confrontation with himself, he lived with local inhabitants. He climbed an iceberg and photographed at 20 degrees below zero drift ice in Siberia. Talking, laughing, crying and abandoning brought him closer to the resignation of the Japanese cherry blossom symbolism in which old is replaced by new During his journey, Paul was guided by his feelings and used various means to capture the various impressions using photography , film , audio, drawings and orogami. His silent images, abstractions, preference for still life and black and white use strongly show the influence of Japanese photography.