Yuri Tuma

Sao Paulo, Brazil | Sound installation, Kionia-Gastria

Yuri Tuma designed and led the audience on a meditative acoustic trek, with sounds he collected while exploring the island of Tinos, and asked the participants as they walked through his music to leave the scenery and envision a utopia. The hike ended at the Gastria site, where by the sea Yuri had installed a sculpture garden of marble pieces and dry branches. As the sound experience ended with the setting sun, this sculptural garden was wrapped in flames.


Yuri Tuma has held nine solo exhibitions, and has participated in group shows and art fairs in New York, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Miami, Paris, Arnis and Madrid. Installation, sculpture, performance and sound art are his main practices. In 2017 Tuma received the Acciona Scholarship to study a Master of Fine Arts at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid focusing his artistic research on architectural utopias related to art forms that stimulate awareness on the environmental exploitation whilst considering a new post-natural landscape in relation to the imagination and the (post) human spirit in the Capitalocene. Tuma works with sculptures that use both industrial and organic material, exploring their uncomfortable coexistence; comprising its different temporalities and paradoxical synchronic encounters, the hardness and fragility of clay, marble or glass, and the heat and freshness of a branch, a patch of moss, etc.
“For the Kinono Tinos Art Gathering I am proposing a hybrid project between a sculpture exhibit, sound art, interactive narrative experience and performance. These sculptures will be inspired by imagining structures (ruines) of the future within the ruines of the Pyrgos Quarry and they will be illuminated with the light shed by fire sources. In parallel I would compose the music that accompanies the work by using sounds of the island and sounds of fire. The result will be a light and shadow interactive experience inspired by questions risen from the Allegory of the Cave by Plato and the way we deal, as a global society, with the climate crisis and the constant bombardment of news, fake or otherwise. The fire will illuminate not only the sculptures and spatial ruines but will also create shadow landscapes of a possible narrative, in this case a world that has been burned by the neglect of our environmental reality mainly by those with capital and colonial power, but also by ourselves as a human collective. Fire, nonetheless, creates as it destroys; transforms as it rises.”