'Sun Worshippers' by Paula Turmina

January 2021

Sun Worshippers

The world has already ended. Enter with no fear.

 

We cannot remember how life was before. We went out, there was light, there was heat. We couldn’t stop looking at the sun, we were numb from its burnt effect, the light was hypnotizing.

Eyes turned upwards, paralyzed, perplexed, vigilant...

 

When absurdity is at the door, no dialogue is possible. Self-absorbed people.

The sun can never be reached.

 

It was never enough light, never enough warmth...

 

These are dark times, but there’s light. We want to move towards the sun that nurtures us, but when we look at it, it burns our eyes. Life is contradiction.

 

Indigenous tribes in Brazil, as the Yanomami and Krenak, believe that the sky falls upon us when the force against life is too strong. As people, we have to suspend the sky. To be vigilant, to dance, to renew the energy.

 

Light is the sun that shines and burns.

 

We are the kids of the sun; we'll do anything to get closer to it.

Bodies readapting to warmer conditions, seeking place under the soil, building protections to our bodies. Nails and skin melting into one.

 

The sun worshippers refer back to our primal experience of life. We are all sun worshippers, humans, animals, plants.

 

We need energy and light, and as long as the sun is up, we will have.

Artist Statement

Paula Turmina’s work explores mythology and magic realism in order to speculate new perspectives of the future. The paintings, analog films, and sculptures conceive expansive imaginary visuals drawn from her personal experience, ecological issues, and Latin America’s colonial past. Her practice is driven by the intersection of concepts and disciplines such as anthropology, philosophy and the visual arts, considering its different ways of describing and rendering the world.

Her research investigates how the cultural production of visual language operates as worldbuilding, tapping into questions on the decolonization of thought by imagining and forming a different relationship between living beings that inhabit the earth. Taking inspiration from 16th century colonial prints to current digital renderings of the future, she creates a non-linear narrative that involves the absurdism and distortion of an endangered planet.

In her work, she uses the act of creating an image as a way to develop critical thinking and creating a ground that contains the unlimited potential for staging meanings, but that can never truly be resolved.

© 2021 by GOLDMALI Gallery

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