Signed and numbered
Accompanied by a Toyabo print on Washi paper
The double-booklet system allows a multitude of image associations, printed on 4 types of paper.
A co-edition between the(M) éditions and IBASHO
16 x 24,5 cm, 120 pages
Published October 2020
“An empty room will be filled with light through its emptiness.” This is how the concept of “Mukayu” is defined by the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi. Paul Cupido’s recent poetic and very intimate photographic work produced in Japan is inspired by this concept of “Mukayu”, which also refers to “non-existence”, to things as they are. Mukayu fits within the broader framework of the philosophical concept of “Mu”, a source of inspiration for Cupido since his first artist book “Searching for Mu”. Through his images Cupido explores the themes of emptiness, metamorphosis, the transitory, and the ephemeral, in connection with our emotional experiences. His images, sometimes full of melancholy and surrealism, question our relationship to reality and our ability to dream. His desire to understand and embrace nature permeates his work, which is nurtured by his native island, Terschelling, and the bond uniting its people with nature. Mukayu is a work that offers an emotional experience, like the artist’s organic works, which feel like meditation. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.