Jaya Pelupessy
Emmy van Lokhorststraat 32,
3544 HM Utrecht
+31 6 13051461
1989 born in Utrecht (NL)

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Srefidensi (Film) is on view in het Tropenmuseum also visit Srefidensifoto.org

SET-PUT-RUN has been selected as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by the Volkskrant!!

New Publication:



Jaya Pelupessy uses photography to investigate the medium’s status. Central to his work are the processes that lead to autonomous images; an examination of to what extent the process itself and the visibility of that process strengthens, invalidates, or delivers new autonomous images. Countless “loops” within his own work emerge, within which reproductions are again reproduced. For this publication, produced in collaboration with graphic designer Hans Gremmen, the making of the book is taken as a starting point. Through a process that entails using five cameras and immediate processing, a document with unexpectedly combined layers is created.

Published by Fw:Books

Have a look at www.set-put-run.net to see the full process of the book

or SET -PUT - RUN day 1 for a speed-up version.

Special Edition SET - PUT - RUN

The Special Edition consists of a framed, signed and numbered reproduction sheet and the book itself. Have a look inside my portfolio to see all the prints that are available and send me an e-mail if interested.

Srefidensi en de vlag

Merel Bem wrote a small text about "Srefidensi en de Vlag" in the Volkskrant. Srefidensi en de Vlag is a project I made together with Sara Blokland. It's a project that researches the independence history of Surinam with a focus on its symbols. Have a look at the website to for more info www.srefidensifoto.org. The project is on view at CBK Zuidoost and will be until April 2017


  • 2012Internship with Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs in Berlin (www.tonk.ch)
  • 2009 – 2013Photography, Bachelor of Design with honours, at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU), Utrecht

Prizes, Nominations & Support

  • 2017Gieskes-Strijbis Grant for Traces of the Familiar with Felix van Dam
  • 2017Nominee Paul Huf Award
  • 2016Bijdrage Publicaties / SET - PUT - RUN, Mondriaan Fund
  • 2016Bijdrage Publicaties / SET - PUT - RUN, Stichting Stokroos
  • 2015Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, Mondriaan Fund
  • 2013Winner Steenbergen Stipendium
  • 2013Winner HKU Scriptieprijs (Thesis Award)
  • 2013Nominee Foam Unseen Dummy Award
  • 2013Nominee HKU Award
  • 2013Nominee Piet Bakker Prijs (with Mt.Figure)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016Prospects & Concepts, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015Mt. Figure #3 Pending, Unseen Photo Fair
  • 2015UtrechtDownUnder, Onder Controle, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2014Felix & Foam, de Fotokopie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014Grip, 3deWal, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2013Little Big Press, book exhibition, Lishui, China
  • 2013Unseen Photo Fair, book exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2013Steenbergen Stipendium, Het Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2013Graduation Exhibition Utrecht School of the Arts, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2011Knellende Bloedverwanten, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017Srefidensi (Film), Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017Traces of the Familiar, FotoForum, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 2016Srefidensi en de Vlag, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2016SET - PUT - RUN, Foam Cafe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2016Traces of the Familiar, Foam 3H, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • 2017Foam Magazine
  • 2016Unseen magazine
  • 2015Unseen magazine
  • 2015Mt. Figure #3 Pending
  • 2013Volkskrant, Aanbevolen fotoboeken 2013
  • 2013Mister Motley, De Eindexamen Expositie van de HKU 2013
  • 2013Eindwerk, Utrecht School of the Arts Graduation Catalogue
  • 2013Uitzicht, Utrecht School of the Arts Photography Graduation Catalogue
  • 2012Mt.Figure Issue#1 illusion
  • 2011.Unst, HKU magazine


  • 2016SET - PUT -RUN, Fw: Books Best Photobooks 2016 (Volkskrant)
  • 2013Another Observer, self-published photo book (sold out)

Lectures & Seminars

  • 2015 - 2016Wingmate, external guide for graduating students from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
  • 2015Photography course for Bachelor of Fine Art and Design in Education at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
  • 2014Seminar “Beeldrijm” at elementary school De Kring in Haarlem
  • 2014Lecture at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
  • 2014Workshop Photography for Product Design at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, together with Petra Stavast


  • Various private collections
  • 2016Foam Collection
  • 2014Steenbergen Collection


Co-Founder Mt.Figure

Visit www.mtfigure.com to order Issue#3 Pending and have a look at our installation at Unseen Photo Fair

Mondriaan Fund