Sepuya’s works accentuate the intersections of race, gender, and desire within the history of portrait photography. The artist is always careful to note that the fragmentation in his images (the cropped limbs, hidden features, and uncertain relationships between body parts) is not arbitrary; rather, it is the result of deliberate decision-making. At the same time, the confusion of positions—Where is the camera? The model?—forces us to confront our own perspectives.
Gallery label from Being: New Photography, 2018