Bio

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.

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

MACRO Factory, Emerging Talents, Rome, December 2017

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

Ex Laboratorio Fotocine Meridionale, INSIDE, Bari, April 2017

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