TONI KITTI

TONI KITTI

TONI KITTI

TONI KITTI

TONI KITTI

with DEFNE ORUC

with DEFNE ORUC

with DEFNE ORUC

with DEFNE ORUC

with DEFNE ORUC

 

 

 

 

Toni talks about how his life experiences and art practice have always been intertwined. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD, art for Toni is a way to process his interactions with the world and employ the contagiousness of smiles. Listen to his conversation with Defne Oruc to find out how Toni’s mind “is so busy doing imagination work all the time” and discover the mindscapes he photographs in extreme close-ups of immortal plastic objects.

02:19 “Asperger’s is a kind of syndrome where there is a strong sense of justice and balance. I’m always in a courtroom in my mind.”
Why is it important for your work to operate on the two scales of personal experience and collective awareness?

05:54 “My mind serves me things all the time, and some of them are quite funny, so I laugh.”
The smile becomes a leitmotif in your work, is it a critical artistic device, how does it function?

09:52 “I’m a clown and my job is to spread around my smile.”
How would you want to mediate the audience’s encounter with your photographs?

14:04 “It’s very difficult to read micro-expressions for people with Aspergers. I’m all about big smiles and big anger.”
Is it all about fun, or is there an element of trying to disturb the audience?

23:53 “Plastic doesn’t decay, as we people do.”
How do we encounter plastic in your show, Persistence of Plastic II: The Caleidoscope?

29:30 “Surviving AIDS was easier than surviving not being able to go clubbing.”
Could there be a certain feeling of liberation artistically and socially that we can extract from this moment?


Toni Kitti (b.1975) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland and holds a Master of Arts in Photography from Aalto University. Based on his love for plastic, his practice addresses questions of life, death, joy, shame and survival. In 2012 he got diagnosed with AIDS, and this has been an important theme in his work.  He has participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, as well as receiving a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for his work. His first solo show, “The Persistence of Plastic”, took place in 2017 in Helsinki, followed by "The Persistence of Plastic II: The Caleidoscope" at Galeria A2 in 2021.

Defne Oruc (b. 2000) is an artist and writer from Istanbul living and working in London. She is  currently studying a BA in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University, and has previously had her writing published on 5Harfliler - an online feminist journal focusing on gender, politics, art and pop culture based in Istanbul.


Toni talks about how his life experiences and art practice have always been intertwined. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD, art for Toni is a way to process his interactions with the world and employ the contagiousness of smiles. Listen to his conversation with Defne Oruc to find out how Toni’s mind “is so busy doing imagination work all the time” and discover the mindscapes he photographs in extreme close-ups of immortal plastic objects.

Toni Kitti (b.1975) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland and holds a Master of Arts in Photography from Aalto University. Based on his love for plastic, his practice addresses questions of life, death, joy, shame and survival. In 2012 he got diagnosed with AIDS, and this has been an important theme in his work.  He has participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, as well as receiving a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for his work. His first solo show, “The Persistence of Plastic”, took place in 2017 in Helsinki, followed by "The Persistence of Plastic II: The Caleidoscope" at Galeria A2 in 2021.

Defne Oruc (b. 2000) is an artist and writer from Istanbul living and working in London. She is  currently studying a BA in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University, and has previously had her writing published on 5Harfliler - an online feminist journal focusing on gender, politics, art and pop culture based in Istanbul.

Toni talks about how his life experiences and art practice have always been intertwined. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD, art for Toni is a way to process his interactions with the world and employ the contagiousness of smiles. Listen to his conversation with Defne Oruc to find out how Toni’s mind “is so busy doing imagination work all the time” and discover the mindscapes he photographs in extreme close-ups of immortal plastic objects.


Toni Kitti (b.1975) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland and holds a Master of Arts in Photography from Aalto University. Based on his love for plastic, his practice addresses questions of life, death, joy, shame and survival. In 2012 he got diagnosed with AIDS, and this has been an important theme in his work.  He has participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, as well as receiving a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for his work. His first solo show, “The Persistence of Plastic”, took place in 2017 in Helsinki, followed by "The Persistence of Plastic II: The Caleidoscope" at Galeria A2 in 2021.

Defne Oruc (b. 2000) is an artist and writer from Istanbul living and working in London. She is  currently studying a BA in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University, and has previously had her writing published on 5Harfliler - an online feminist journal focusing on gender, politics, art and pop culture based in Istanbul.

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Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP