160 x 230 mm
Petrus reflects on a certain rhetoric of masculinity in Western culture. It is about the human drive to define ourselves and the world through a definite form. Form is never stable though. It is the ever-changing result of a neverending tension between forces pushing from within and pressures coming from without. Through a cynical, tender, and arbitrary analysis of what probably cannot be sliced and diced Francesca Catastini plays with archetypes and images considering the way they sculpt ourselves and shape our views. Looking for subtle discrepancies her images go beyond their figurative meaning in order to activate new analogies and connotations.
About the Artist
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.
About the Publisher
Kehrer Verlag is among the world’s leading publishers of photo books. Founded in 1995 by Klaus Kehrer, it is also one of the few independent publishing houses in Germany. In addition to photography, further focal points include contemporary art, art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, and international sound art.
Over the years, numerous Kehrer publications have been nominated for and honored with international book awards. From 2011 through 2016, Kehrer was also the German partner of the European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP), an initiative launched by European publishing houses to promote contemporary photography.