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

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Page 44-47 (unfolded) of the book ‘SET-PUT-RUN’ by Jaya Pelupessy


“Her birthday: must set plans in motion. Run a bath, put on cologne, set the table. High anxiety. Run down list: set watch again, put water in glasses, set flowers. Run to the window — phew! Watch her put a finger to the doorbell. Such joy! What timing! And just as the sun sets, too!”

Thus does an evening beckon, full of pleasantry and promise. But as described here it notes events in a manner of considerable interest for the lexicographer. For scattered within the vocabulary of this 54-word drama are 11 uses of the three most complex verbs in the English language: ‘set’, ‘put’ and ‘run’.

Each of the trio is possessed of so many meanings, senses and shadings of interpretation as to have occupied for months, even years, the exceptionally agile minds working on the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (expected in 2037).

— Simon Winchester

This text is an excerpt from ‘A Verb for Our Frantic Times’, an essay featured in SET-PUT-RUN, a book with works by Jaya Pelupessy. In his work Jaya explores the way the process to create an image and the result are related. The book SET-PUT-RUN is continuing this research by recording the process of making a book, and becomes and endless loop of reproduction.

SET-PUT-RUN will be launched during Unseen Amsterdam

Published by Fw:Photography


  • 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

  • 2016Bijdrage Publicaties / SET - PUT - RUN, Mondriaan Fund
  • 2015Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, Mondriaan Fund
  • 2013Winner Steenbergen Stipendium
  • 2013Winner HKU Scriptieprijs (Thesis Award)
  • 2013Nominee Foam Unseen Dummy Award
  • 2013Nominee HKU Award
  • 2013Nominated for 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

  • 2016Traces of the Familiar, Foam Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • 2016Unseen 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:Photography
  • 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


  • 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