Mukayu – Paul Cupido (special edition with print)


the(M) éditions/IBASHO, 2020
1st edition
Softcover, 16×24,5 cm
120 pages
French and English text

Limited edition with print

Available on backorder

Waiting Days: 10

An empty room will be filled with light from its emptiness. This is how the concept of mukayu is defined by the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi. Paul Cupido’s recent poetic and intimate photographic work in Japan is inspired by this very concept, which refers to “nonexistence,” to “things as they are.” Mukayu fits within the larger framework of the philosophical concept of mu. The latter could be translated as “not having” or “letting go.” Through his images, Paul Cupid explores themes such as emptiness, metamorphosis, the transitory and the ephemeral, in connection with our emotional experiences. His images, true visual poems, at times melancholic and surreal, question our relationship with reality and our ability to dream. His desire to understand and embrace nature permeates his work, which is nurtured by his native island, Terschelling (Netherlands), and the connection between its inhabitants and nature. The double booklet system allows for a multitude of image associations. Mukayu is ultimately a work that offers an emotional experience, like the artist’s own organic works, which are felt, as during meditation.

Special edition of 40 numbered and signed copies accompanied by an original print

Weight 3 kg


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