XXI Mänttä Art Festival Appoints Anssi Kasitonni As A New Curator
Kasitonni works with a wide spectrum of techniques and materials,
spanning from drawings and paintings to sculputures and shortfilms.
His humorous art is often inspired by pop-culture; especially 1980's
cinema and TV. In a parallel universe created by Kasitonni,
characters like Darth Vader, Conan the Barbarian, Garfield, Alf and
Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. go on living lives of their own. There
luxurious cars made of carrogated cardboard are shining, a cloudlet
is driving a motorcycle like a boss and a guinea-pig wishing to
escape from his cage turns into a bodybuilder. Under the hilarious
surface lie big questions about morality, mortality, love and
Mänttä Art Festival is delighted to announce that it has appointed Anssi Kasitonni (born 1978) as the new curator for the 2016 exhibition. Finnish visual artist, film-maker and musician Kasitonni is a familiar sight at Mänttä Art Festival. He participated in the festival as an artist in 2003 and 2011. In the 2003 exhibition the public voted his work Kaikenlaistahan sitä voi rakennella as their favourite.
In 2011 Anssi Kasitonni won the Ars Fennica prize, the highest prize for visual arts in Finland.