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

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Proud to have won the K.F. Hein Stipendium 2020!! Big smile included. Click HERE for more information.

Foto: Anna van Kooij

The New York Times visited the studio to write a article about the exhibition: Time Travel for Photographers, by Andrew Dickson

© Marcel Wogram

Kim Knoppers (art historian and curator at Foam Amsterdam) wrote a text about The Studio Sculptures that you can read here


  • 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


2019 Tohu Wa Bohu Residency - Extrapol, Nijmegen

Prizes, Nominations & Support

  • 2020Winner K.F. Hein Stipendium
  • 2020Fonds Kwadraat
  • 2019Foam Talent
  • 2017Development Grant for The Studio Sculptures, Mondriaan Fund
  • 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

  • 2020Explorations of Time and Space, Galerie Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2019Foam Talent 2019, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall , London, England
  • 2019Foam Talent 2019, Red Hook Labs, New York City, America
  • 2019Back to the Future, Hungarian House of Photography - Mai Manó House, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2019Foam Talent 2019, Foam Next Door, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2018Back to the Future, C|O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018Unfair Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2018Art Rotterdam, Galerie Caroline O’Breen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2018Back to the Future, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 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

  • 2017The Studio Sculptures, Galerie Caroline O'Breen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 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


  • 2019Document Journal, End of Currency
  • 2019Foam Magazine #52 Talent
  • 2018The New York Times, Back to the Future
  • 2017Kiekie Krant #18
  • 2017Foam Magazine #47: Propaganda
  • 2016Volkskrant, Aanbevolen fotoboeken 2016
  • 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


  • 2019Tohu Wa Bohu, Extrapol & Knust Press
  • 2016SET - PUT -RUN, Fw: Books Best Photobooks 2016 (Volkskrant)
  • 2013Another Observer, self-published photo book (sold out)

Lectures & Seminars

  • 2020Lecture, KABK, Den Haag (current)
  • 2016Lecture at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
  • 2019Artist Talk, Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2018Juxataposition, Nest, Den Haag, curator and mentor for exhibition with photography students of The American School of The Hague
  • 2018Artist Talk, Masterclass BredaPhoto
  • 2016Artist Talk, Foam Amsterdam
  • 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
  • 2014Lecture at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
  • 2014Workshop Photography for Product Design at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, together with Petra Stavast


  • Het Nederlands Fotomuseum
  • Tropenmuseum Collection
  • Foam Collection
  • Steenbergen Collection
  • Various private collections


Co-Founder Mt.Figure

Mondriaan Fund