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GoSee Book Tip : Francesca Catastini 'Petrus' – a subtle study of beautiful objects and the human drive to find a definite form, appearing at Kehrer Publishing

As a wonderful coffee table book this week, we recommend 'Petrus' by Francesca Catastini, appearing at Kehrer Publishing. This at first glance seemingly incoherent collection of photos of beautiful objects opens up a second perspective when you read the intention of the photographer. Francesca Catastini (*1982) studied Photography and Visual Design (MA) at the NABA in Milan and has already exhibited internationally. We bring you a sneak peek at the book here on GoSee, and more is available on Vimeo.

“Petrus reflects on a certain rhetoric of masculinity in Western culture.” says Kehrer Publishing, and continues: “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 never-ending 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.”

Text from Francesca Catastini: “Dear Petrus, I named you after a bottle. A dark one, with a red cap. The bottle of liquor advertised during the 80s as the perfect drink for the the strong man. The man living according to nature. But what is nature? When I met Albrecht it was hot. I had been to the quarry that day. He was spending his holidays in his former home. The kind of holidays that are not real. Just before leaving, he gave me the keys to his place and asked me to take photos of it. Albrecht liked the idea of having some memories to look at when away. The house was empty and not. Halfway between the habitual and a certain sense of putting life on hold. Going away with no goodbye just to come back and then leave again. I found his things there. I had never seen them before, but I thought I kind of knew: objects belonging to the schoolboy, the footballer, the student, the smoker, the musician, the believer, the husband, the engineer, and the teacher. Albrecht in a suit. The construction of a form.”

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

Francesca Catastini 'Petrus'

 
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