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Uma (The Kiss) is a durational video work combining audio recordings of Yuri men and women singing songs for an event known as ‘Tanem Het’, literally meaning ‘to turn one’s head’, traditionally performed as a courting ceremony. In Yuri language, ‘Uma’ is the word given to define a kiss, involving oral and nasal sounds as the muscles contract, pucker and release. Audio recorded with members of his Yuri tribespeople in the Simbu Province of Papua New Guinea, the artist overlays his performative practice of painting sheilds.



Yuriyal Bridgeman is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Australia and Papua New Guinea who graduated from the Queensland College of Art. He works in photographic portraiture, video, sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting. Bridgeman’s photographic and new media works can be positioned in social commentary and portraiture; his painting practice is strongly influenced by his connection to men’s practices of his tribe, Yuri Alaiku of the Simbu province of PNG, in the form of shield paintings. He co-founded the artist collective Haus Yuriyal (Jiwaka, PNG) with his family members, in which he serves the role as artist and facilitator of the group’s contemporary art projects.

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Hutong Gardens

Davison LaneSouthport CBD QLD 4215

Friday 21 Jun6:30PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 22 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 23 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Friday 28 Jun6:30PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 29 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 30 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Friday 05 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 06 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 07 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
All times are QLD AEST

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