Francesca Catastini (Lucca, 1982) is based in Tuscany. Raised in a family with a strong scientific background, she developed an early interest for ethology and medicine. At the age of five she made her first (and last) attempt to preserve two little animals, a dead bird and a field mouse, by wrapping them tightly in black bin liners and keeping them in a shoe box. To her mother’s horror, she discovered the box under her bed and immediately threw the experiment away! Apparently Francesca was severely told off, but cannot remember the details… Eventually she decided to keep images, instead of things (if for no other reason than to avoid the smell). She feels that as a highly sensitive person, it is easier to study the facts of life when they are unable to run away.

Having initially studied biology, she went on to complete a MA in Photography and Visual Design in Milan in 2009.

In 2016 her book “The Modern Spirit is Vivisective”, edited with and with a text by Federica Chiocchetti, won the ViennaPhotoBookAward and is published by AnzenbergerEdition. The book was selected among the Top 10 Photobooks of 2016 by Tim Clark and as personal favourite photobook of 2016 by Mariama Attah. In 2017 she was among the selected artists for Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur. She is one of the selected artists for FUTURES photography platform 2019 by CAMERA, Centro Italiano per la Fotografia.

February 2020, Resistance and Sensibility, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt

November 2019, Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, PHOTO IS:RAEL, Tel Aviv

June 2018, L’altro sguardo. Fotografe italiane 1965-2018, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

March 2018, Festival Circulations, CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Paris

February 2018, Strange Worlds, Albert van Abbehuis, Eindhoven

December 2017, The Modern Spirit is Vivisective, MACRO Factory, Emerging Talents – SOLO

October 2017, NUCLEUS, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen

June 2017, Fluid Body, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens

June 2017, Photobook Exhibition, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens

May 2017, The Modern Spirit is Vivisective, Galleria Parmeggiani, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia – SOLO

December 2016, Burning with Pleasure, Matèria Gallery, Rome

November 2016, Piazza dell’Immaginario, Dryphoto arte contemporanea, Prato

October 2016, Ouvrage, Twenty 14 Contemporary, Milan

February 2016, ROMANZO PISTOIA, Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia

January 2016, Feminine Masculine, Photo50, London Art Fair, London

November 2015, Premio Fabbri per le arti contemporanee, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo

May 2015, TU35, by Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato

February 2015, Terranauti, SMS Centro Espositivo per l’Arte Contemporanea, Pisa

2019 Petrus, published by Kehrer Verlag

2016 The Modern Spirit Is Vivisective, published by AnzenbergerEdition

Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography 2019, FINALIST

Gibellina PhotoRoad CALL FOR PROJECTS 2019, WINNER

ITmakES Art at PHotoESPAÑA 2019, WINNER

ViennaPhotoBookAward 2016, WINNER

Voies Off 2016, FINALIST

Encontros da Imagem 2016, Discovery Award, FINALIST

Istituto Superiore di Fotografia, Di una lontananza quanto possibile vicina, Rome, February 2020

PHOTO IS:RAEL, International Artists Discuss Fantasy, Tel Aviv, November 2019

Photolux Festival, Book launch of Petrus, Lucca November 2019

Futures Photography, Westergastheater, Unseen Amsterdam, September 2019

NIDA International Photography Symposium, Nida,  September 2018

MACRO Factory, Emerging Talents, Rome, December 2017

Expedithalle, Brotfabrik Wien, ViennaPhotoBook Festival, Vienna, June 2017

Ex Laboratorio Fotocine Meridionale, INSIDE, Bari, April 2017

Plat(t)form 2017, Fotomuseum Winterthur 

The Photographers’ Gallery, The Modern Spirit is Vivisective, Book Launch, with Federica Chiocchetti, January 2017

Auditorium Fondazione Banca del Monte, Leica Talk Photolux, December 2016

Viasaterna, Incontri con l’editoria, THE MODERN SPIRIT IS VIVISECTIVE, presentation of Francesca Catastini’s book with Federica Chiocchetti, November 2016

IMT School for Advanced Studies, Imaging the Past/Collecting the Future, First LYNX International Conference, Lucca, June 2016

Dryphoto arte contemporanea, Guardare al paesaggio, March 2016

London Art Fair, Photo50, London, January 2016

Screening session, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, April 2015

TERRANAUTI #Prolog: Navigating the art system, Villa Romana, Florence, December 2014