Self Portrait

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Most of his works are self-portrait of gay people. Different from Eiki Mori's style when his characters are likely to always avoid the lense, the people in Paul's photo always look straight to the camera, with a conscious expression, sometimes they look anxious or not showing the head- never on their face is a relaxing expression when it's a self-portrait. I think his works have successfully illustrated the suffer of gay people in the most direct way. I love how he uses the symbol/the imprint of the body language to metaphor his idea: the head-hidden man suggests how they always have to hide their identity, and they way they were captured explicitly naked is to emphasize to their sexuality.

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