Cancelled - Tuesday Walkthrough: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Paul Mpagi Sepuya giving a talk in a gallery
Photo: Adrian Vitelleschi Cook

Please note, this walkthrough has unfortunately been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Join us for a Tuesday Walkthrough – a gallery tour where artists, experts, researchers and academics give short talks in their field of expertise relating to the concepts explored in our exhibition.

This walkthrough will explore our current exhibition Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Exposure - a major monographic exhibition by the Los Angeles-based artist. Paul Mpagi Sepuya is best known for his intimate studio portraits that explore the relationships between camera, subject and viewer. The exhibition is the first institutional presentation of Sepuya’s work in the UK, bringing together more than 40 works across almost 400 square metres of gallery space.

In this walkthrough, local curator Jazz Swali will consider how space in various configurations functions throughout Sepuya’s work. Examining the studio at the centre of the exhibition, we will look to see it as a sanctuary for queer intimacy and a theatre for play. We will also engage with the transition of the images being created in a private format to a public exposure.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one hour. A rest break is not included. Portable gallery stools are available.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will be held in the Galleries.

Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Jazz Swali is the Curator and Programme Coordinator at Backlit Gallery (Nottingham) and was previously Assistant Curator from 2020–23. From 2021–24 Jazz served on the Eastside Projects Advisory Board (Birmingham). Independently, they have worked with organisations such as Nottingham Contemporary, UK New Artists, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham.

Their recent exhibitions include Punk: Rage and Revolution (2023); The Joy of Destruction (2023); Artists in the Now (2023); in reality, these things need to be said (2021). Working with artists and archives such as Jamie Reid and John Marchant, Rebecca Allen, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Robert Yang, Sleaford Mods, Kim Thompson, Rene Matić and Exodus Crooks. Their practice is queer and socio-politically motivated.

Jazz joined the Emerging Curators Group programme with the British Art Network (Tate and Paul Mellon Centre consortium) in 2023. They were awarded two Arts Council England project grants for independent curatorial programmes in 2020 and 2022. Jazz was co-awarded the Collaborative Grant from the British Art Network in 2023 and the Seminar Support Grant in 2024.

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