Masterclass with Francesca Catastini

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Here be Dragons: Mapping Holes and Bridging Lines

11 Nov 2017 to 12 Nov 2017

About the workshop: How do we construct language in a personal photographic project? This masterclass is about increasing awareness of our mental maps of the city, while we rethink and challenge our experience of the urban space. You’ll navigate London armed with an old style A-Z map, looking for “your dragons and blind spots”, as Ms. Catastini says, and taking images, notes and collecting materials. These pieces will all be assembled into a personal language in the form of new cartographies. “Here be Dragons” refers to unexplored territories, derived from a medieval practice of putting illustrations of mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps, Wikipedia describes. Human beings’ desire for representation drives us to want to place ourselves in relation to the knowledge of our times. We all create mental maps to orientate through our everyday - whether mind labyrinths or drawn with ghost ink. Cartography has always been more than just directions.

About the artist: Francesca Catastini often combines images with text and illustrations to create analogies in a cryptic and open assemblage. She transcends the idea of separation to activate continuous invention.

In 2016 her book "The Modern Spirit is Vivisective", edited with Federica Chiocchetti at The Photocaptionist, won the ViennaPhotoBookAward (published by AnzenbergerEdition).

Selected Exhibitions: The Modern Spirit is Vivisective, Fotografia Europea 2017, Reggio Emilia; Benaki Museum, Athens Photo Festival 2017; Burning with Pleasure, Materia gallery, Rome; Feminine Masculine, Photo50, London Art Fair 2016, London

Selected Publications and Features: Der Greif, 1000 Words Photography MagazineAmerican Suburb X, Photoworks Annual, 
The Photocaptionist, RAW VIEW Magazine 
and Co-Curate Magazine. 

The Mango Lab is a visual arts and communications agency established in 2009. Working from their creative hub in Covent Garden they educate on photographic practices, implement art and media-based research and present creative and expository talks and workshops on and offsite to accompany cultural and corporate events, educational festivals and outreach programs. The Mango Lab also hosts an arts and culture online journal where instructive discourse is held with photographers and social media notables. The Mango Lab supports, motivates and assists individuals and collectives in that never-ending pursuit of the creative idea.

  • Please note that this intensive masterclass combines taught, discussion-based and walking components on both days and participants will need to bring suitable clothing in order to photograph in the urban terrain. The two-day workshop fee includes educational materials, refreshments and snacks - the loan of Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras is available on request (preferably at time of booking). Contact the The Mango Lab for details. 
Dates & Times
Saturday, 11 November 2017
10:00 - 18:00 
Sunday, 12 November 2017
10:00 - 18:00 
The Mango Lab
32 Tavistock Street
Nearest Station
Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)
£235 per person
Tickets and Booking
Call +44 (0) 0203 002 4991
Further Infomation  via The Mango Lab


Trees Fire Light Wood © Francesca Catastini