Diego Tonus (b.1984, Italy) lives and works in the Netherlands.

Within his artistic practice, Diego Tonus focuses on reproduction as a tool of investigation to question control systems and power structures by transforming images, objects and collective experiences he selects, in order to put them in a new process of thought and present their underlying structures of codification and normativity. Either working with video or journalistic writing (whereby editing allows the re-telling of an individual experience by altering it), voice (wherein precise pitch and modulation techniques influence listener’s unconscious reaction), performance or sculpture (wherewith a specific subject and its history are questioned through the presentation of their new originals), the research of Diego Tonus analyses the balance between narrative’s modes and the content, showing or revealing how much narrative structure is, above all, an instrument of influencing and manipulation of both the public and the object.


Diego Tonus studied Visual Arts at IUAV University, Venice and received an MFA from Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Solo shows and presentations at STROOM Den Haag (2019); Van Eyck Maastricht (2019); Ellen de Bruijne Projects (2018); ar/ge kunst Kunstverein Bozen (2017); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2013) and Danish Pavilion, Giardini Biennale Venice (2011). He participated in numerous group exhibitions including at the Moscow Biennale (2018); Saal Biennal, Tallin (2017); 16th Rome Quadrennial (2016); WIELS, Brussels (2015); De Appel (2015); Van Gogh Museum (2015); CCA Singapore (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Fondazione Sandretto Turin (2013) and Kunstverein Nürnberg (2013). His films were presented internationally including at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015) and Kunsthalle Gwangju (2011). Tonus has been awarded residencies at Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (2017); at WIELS, Brussels (2014) and Spinola Banna Foundation, Turin (2011) among others. Tonus has been nominated for several awards including the Italian Council – MiBACT (2018); Performance Act Award, Trento (2015) and Add Fire – Furla Foundation Art Award, Bologna (2012). In 2015 he presented Five Cases of Intrusion, his first artist’s book (including a preface by Krist Gruijthuijsen) published by Archive Books. His publication I, the Dog of my Master (curated by Cornelia Lauf) published by Mer.Paper Kunsthalle, entered the Wisława Szymborska Archive in Warsaw. In 2018 the artist presented the publication The Presidents’ Hammers (curated with Lorenzo Benedetti) published by Roma Publications Amsterdam.


Supported by Mondriaan Fonds 2019-2022