Mukayu by Paul Cupido
Mukayu has been Cupido’s spiritual guideline during his most recent travels to Japan, resulting in his latest publication. The concept of mukayu is beautifully explained in a quote by the famous Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, who lived 2,300 years ago: “An empty room will be filled with light because of its emptiness.” Mukayu also refers to ‘non-existence’, ‘not having a purpose’, or ‘things as they are’.
Mukayu is part of the larger framework 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, but one that is full of potential. With his series and accompanying book ‘Searching for Mu’ Cupido graduated cum laude at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam in 2017. His second artist book, ‘Continuum’ (2019), was the next step of his journey into his inner self.
Mukayu is part three of Cupido’s venture, containing modest, ephemeral, poetic works, printed with the utmost attention and precision. The book with different papers has a gentle flow, merging separate images into one, aiming to transfer the acceptance of ‘things as they are’.