The Modern Spirit is Vivisective


2018Jury Artist

This series embarks us on a deep-rooted journey into the human being. It explores the everyday stories about the human body and lifts the veil on some of the convictions based on anatomy studies. The Modern Spirit is Vivisective is conceived like a cabinet of wonders: it is a strange combination of old locally made photographs of laboratory operators and students in anatomy, of illustrations Renaissance books, of extracts that deal with science and philosophy, and of photographs taken by the artist. The name of this series was inspired by Stephen Hero, a modernist manifesto written by a young James Joyce. With the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

About the artist

Francesca Castini was born in 1982, in Lucca, Italy. She lives and works in Tuscany. After biology, she studied photography in Milan. She won the Vienna Photo Book prize in 2016 for her book The Modern Spirit is Vivisective, which contains photographs that were displayed in several European festivals. In January 2017, she was part of the group of artists selected for Pla(t)form at the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2018, her work is shown in many exhibitions across Italy, including a personal exhibition at the Galleria Parmeggiani, during the Fotografia Europea festival, and is a speaker in several art conferences.