The photographic work of Paul Cupido (b. 1972, Terschelling, the Netherlands) revolves around the principle of mu: a philosophical concept that could be translated as 'does not have', but is equally open to countless interpretations. Mu can be considered a void, albeit one that holds potential.
Cupido's ongoing photographic and cinematic experiment 'Searching for Mu' is at once a personal and universal odyssey of our fleeting existence in relation to the profound emotional experiences of love, time, and death. Instead of presuming to be documents, his photographs point to transcendent reflections of the soul and of the intermingling of the microscopic and macroscopic.
Cupido graduated cum laude from the Fotoacademie, Amsterdam in 2017, after which he had artist in residencies in Northern Ireland, Brazil and Spain. Already 5 books with his works have been published: 'Suave' (2016), 'Searching for Mu' (2017), 'Ephémère' (2019), 'Amazônia' (2019) and 'Continuum' (2019), 'Mukayu' (2020) and '4 a.m.' (2021). Cupido's works have been exhibited widely in Europe and the US. His works can be found in the collections of Foam First Editions (NL), International Center of Photography, New York City (US), Danziger Collection (US) and Van Lanschot Art collection (NL).