Letta Shtohryn is a Malta-based, Ukrainian-born artist working predominantly with media art, sculpture, installation, text, and intervention.
When and how did you get started?
I’ve started with having a first cheap automatic camera at the age of 7, which was followed after some years by a photography degree.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I work mostly with media art, but also with sculpture and installation.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
The intersection between physical and digital.
Where was your first exhibition held?
The one I consider important was my MFA show, in 2016 at Spazju Kreattiv.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
I am pleased with all of them. Otherwise I wouldn’t show them! But my favouritism depends on the mood, interest and the next artwork I am producing.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am preparing work for a group show titled Object, Objetc, Objecc which will open on the 3rd of May at Spazju Kreattiv and will run until the 16th of June.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
I am inspired by video artists like Nam June Paik, Bill Viola. Performance artists like Jan Bas Ader. But also, Cindy Sherman, Sofie Calle as well as pioneering NET artists active in the 90s/2000s. Contemporary digital artist who work with current technology I find quite inspiring as well.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
A moment of having a completely clear perception of the world.
What brought you to Malta?
Accidental decision to move out of Vienna somewhere south.
What do you love about Malta?
Possibility of change, self-contradictions, acceptance of the new.
What do you hate about Malta?
Presence of the highly conservative thinking, developers, nepotism, cranes, cranes, cranes, Bluetooth speakers on the beach, disregard for the environment, fear of confrontation…
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
Green. It means nothing. I just like it
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