Brazil, 1952


When constructing his work, Tunga operates at the intersection of object, performance, and text. His sculptures create narratives, in which texts are integral components. Furthermore, the objects used in performances serve as triggering agents for processes. Even in exhibition spaces, the objects take on a performative dimension, like residues or remnants of a particular action left in the environment. The artist refers to these objects as "instaurações," an interweaving of the artistic categories of "action" – belonging to the realm of performance and theater – and "installation" – objects assembled in an exhibition space – in order to include them as part of the artistic experience.

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