Derek Tumala (Philippines) has an art practice that revolves around the chasms of science and nature. With this, he meditates on the idea of interconnectedness and forming ecologies and systems of thought. Currently he is drawn to the notion of a changing world, in this age of anxiety, of changing climate, society and politics, his impulse is to be able to understand, process and undermine knowledge to be able to approach visceral truths as material for his work. 

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, as part of The Politics of Food programme (autumn 2022), Derek will focus on “Climate Mutations” in the context of “abnormal change” as this phenomenon is greatly affecting food supply chains and flora & fauna. He wants to create further insights on how to look into food production and its surrounding subjects, particularly rice, a Philippine staple, which is deeply affected by climate change, geopolitics and colonial legacies.

Derek was in residency at the Manila Observatory from November 2021 to February 2022. During which he initiated ‘Chasing the Center‘,  a portal, constellation of thoughts, research, imageries and found connections on how the weather is a crucial part of history, culture and society. 

Derek is born and based in Manila, Philippines.

Supported by

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons

with additional support from Mercedes Zobel


The Politics of Food:
Season 5


Autumn 2022

Artist’s website



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