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Interview: Toni Kitti

Interview: Toni Kitti
Image courtesy of Toni Kitti

Interview: Toni Kitti

Luca Curci talks with Toni Kitti during BODYSPACES | HUMANS+HYBRIDS in Rome.

Toni Kitti (b.1975) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He has graduated as a Master Of Arts in Photography in Aalto -university in Helsinki. Toni Kitti‘s main media is photography but he has also made video and istallations. He has previously participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. This spring, 2017, he has his first private show in Helsinki. It is called “The Persistence Of Plastic“. The basis for Kitti‘s art is his love for plastic. With the pictures of plastic items and self-portraits he deals with the very basic questions of being a human: life, death, joy, shame, survival etc. Toni Kitti received a grant from Finnish Cultural Foundation for this work.

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Interview: Fernando Velazquez

Interview: Fernando Velazquez
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Interview: Fernando Velazquez

Luca Curci talks with the artist Fernando Velazquez during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Fernando Velazquez was born in Seville in 1966. He began his formation as an artist in the late 1980’s. After spending a year in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Fernando moved to London in 1996 where he worked in his studio in Hackney until 2000, later moving to Dorset where he currently lives and works. As a self-taught artist, Fernando has developed a remarkable personal language, evident in his series “Paintings of the Floating World”, “Through the Veil” and recently “Cave Paintings of our Time”. Velazquez has exhibited individually in London, New York and Madrid and has participated in many collective exhibitions throughout Europe and America, in addition to his presence at numerous international art fairs.

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Interview: Daniel Unger

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Interview: Daniel Unger

Luca Curci talks with the artist Daniel Unger during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Daniel Unger lives and works in Germany. Although Daniel‘s artworks are mostly made up of illustrations, drawings, sketches and paintings, he also delves into the creation of small, surreal animations and other motion design projects. His main source of inspiration were the works of many outsider artists, such as Mark Beyer or Sam Steinberg. Daniel successfully completed both the BA in “Communication design” in Germany and the MA in “Visual and digital communications“ in England.

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Interview: Mélanie Duault | Maaad. Ly

Interview: Mélanie Duault | Maaad. Ly
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Interview: Mélanie Duault | Maaad. Ly

Luca Curci talks with the artist Mélanie Duault | Maaad. Ly during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Mélanie Duault | Maaad. Ly is a visual artist and stop-motion maker obsessed with colors. She creates fun commercial stop-motion to bring cool products to life. Stop-motion is a technique to make a video with images only. Any colorful object can be an excuse to produce a video and animate still-life entity. Travels, games, daily-life inspires her a lot to come up with playful stories. Mélanie is passionate about food and ice cream and we can feel it in a lot of her videos.

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Interview: Juan Sebastián Rojas Medina

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Interview: Juan Sebastián Rojas Medina

Luca Curci talks with the artist Juan Sebastián Rojas Medina during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

The contemporary artist, Juan Sebastián Rojas Medina, from Bogotá, Colombia, has exhibited his work in different cities, including New York, Venice, Athens, Buenos Aires and Bogotá.
Throughout his career he has been interested in the art as a way to complex everyday thinking through the countless plastic means to be found, and thus develop different signs produced by the thought and the sensitivity he has for the world.

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Interview: Nargiza Usmanova

Interview: Nargiza Usmanova
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Interview: Nargiza Usmanova

Luca Curci talks with the artist Nargiza Usmanova during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Nargiza Usmanova is a designer & visual artist based in Oakville (Ontario, Canada). Nargiza’s career has spanned different fields of visual art, including light installations, performances, interior and wall arts, exhibit design, graphic design, illustration, and painting. This broad experience provides her a base for her passion of art lighting.

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Interview: Elke Reis

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Interview: Elke Reis

Luca Curci talks with the artist Elke Reis during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Elke Reis is a German artist currently living in Munich. She was always connected to art – as a child she was stunned by the drawings of her father. He was a talented graphic artist but decided not to go into art – growing up in a poor family under miserable circumstances during the last years of World War II he couldn’t even consider being an artist. But his love and his talent to draw influenced the artist’s live more than she’d thought. The artist was longtime busy with her family and her job. She loves educating and teaching kids. But her deep passion for art never diminished. The opportunity to take a sabbatical leave and the adventure of trying out a life in California was a welcome break to deepen this love.

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