Residencia Gorila closes a cycle



After 6 years of being a residency on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Tulum, Alfonso Garrido, founder of Tulum Art Club and Residencia Gorila, has decided to spread his wings and take off as an experiential Residency, with projects throughout the Yucatan. Monica Canilao, Ektor Garcia, Elena Stonaker, and Xara Thurstra spent an entire month producing work in the Palapa on-site. But it was more than just a coming together of four strong contemporary artists. Throughout the month, there were challenging moments as these artists worked in the Caribbean climate, insects, strong energy as they built, painted, and crocheted, but also experienced ceremonies like temazcal, and reconnection with nature. 

The goal by the end of one month was to produce paintings, a mural for the Villas Tulum Mural Project, create video, and take-over the gallery at TAC. On May 9th, CUATRO ESPIRITU had its opening reception. The usual gallery inventory was stored away, and the artists had free reign as they transformed the white walls into layers of colors, textures, visions, and memories of their time spent in the Yucatan. In the title of the pieces you might get a glimpse into what these artists saw, felt, smelled, ate, and dreamt. Like “Aguas Curativas” (Healing Waters) that may refer to their field-trip to Muyil, floating down channels that go through mangrove forest through Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The artists were guided through a series of healing and detoxifying experiences while also exploring on their own. The artists also got very close to the strong energy of Tulum, especially the jungle.

The final day of their stay was celebrated with a trip to Punta Laguna nature reserve, in which the TAC team and the artists experienced the power of the lagoon there together, and walked through the jungle to spot spider monkeys resting in giant trees. The night was ended with a dinner at Cezontle and many hugs good-bye after becoming family in a matter of weeks. Check out the catalogue of work produced during their stay at the residency....


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Residencia Gorila


Localizado en el lado de la jungla en Boca Paila, Tulum, Gorila es una residencia de artistas y casa de huéspedes que ha dejado una huella en la vida cultural de la península. Desde su fundación en el 2011, Gorila permite la interacción y colaboración entre artistas y huéspedes, rodeados de la belleza natural y cultural de la región. Artistas de todo el mundo han elegido nuestra residencia como un espacio para venir y crear las piezas excepcionales que podemos encontrar en nuestra galería y por todo Tulum.

Located on the jungle side of the beach strip in Tulum, Gorila is a guest house and artist’s residency created with the intention of being a space for creation and interaction between guests and artists from all over the world.  With the opening of the gallery downtown and their upcoming extensions into other cities of the Yucatan Peninsula, Gorila is celebrating its position as a cultural landmark of the region. Since its founding in 2011, artists from different disciplines have stayed on the residency, being a part of Tulum and creating the beautiful art today exhibited in our gallery and all over Tulum.
Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila Km. 8.5