Tonight new moon in Gemini we are very excited of announcing the outcome of the recent open call. We are fascinated by the opportunity to connect with so many interesting practices. Deeps thanks to everyone for taking the time to apply. We are very happy to introduce Francesca & Francis and welcome them to the Invisibledrum team!
Francesca Castagnetti @fcastanea is an ethnobotanist and apprentice herbalist, with an academic background in the study of religious traditions and Indigenous methodologies (the University of Edinburgh and the University of Tromsø), Francesca traces and retraces personal migratory routes between the Italian Alps, the UK, South Asia and the Norwegian Arctic/Sápmi. Her work is centred around multi-species reciprocity, land-based knowledge, and the importance of spiritual wisdom to food and health custodianship/sovereignty. Her practice combines research, ethnography, apprenticing and multimedia outputs by weaving together the threads of botany, sound ecology, herbalism, herding, spiritual traditions, agroecology, and fibre, dye and dairy making
Francis Sosta – born in Italy, she is a multimedia artist and inter-dependent curator based in Berlin. She works with sound, performance and audiovisual installation. Her artistic research reclaims spaces for critical reflection, alternative knowledge-sharing and healing in society. She creates and tenderly holds non-hierarchical environments for communal learning. Through Cultural studies, Media, Gender and Post-Colonial theories, Francis investigates the entanglements and interconnectedness of art-making, social life and ecology through embodiment, listening practice and intergenerational work.
Her creative pursuits serve as a portal and tool to capture and worship the art of ritual. She sees somatic encounters and ritual-making as political and social practices, regenerative for the collective. She continues her studies in spiritual techniques such as Evolutionary Astrology and Akashic Records. She’s currently a trainee of holistic doula.
Francis has exhibited her works internationally, and showed in Germany at ZKM – Karlsruhe, Orangerie – Gera, CLB and Collegium Hungaricum – Berlin, amongst other venues.
She holds a BA in Art History, and a MA in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at UdK, Berlin.