MASTERCLASS with UPF (Urban Photo Fest) | Sat 11 – Sun 12 Nov

When: Sat 11 Nov, 10am-6pm & Sun 12 Nov, 10am-6pm
Where: Covent Garden (base for the weekend) and central London


We are delighted to be a part of the festival again this year!

UPF 2017 Theme: Cartographies

Masterclass: Here be Dragons: Mapping Holes and Bridging Lines 

Run by: Francesca Catastini


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

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, 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 Magazine, American Suburb X, Photoworks Annual, RAW VIEW Magazine, Co-Curate Magazine

Interviews and Reviews


Level: Open to All

Max. class size: 10

Price: £235

Includes: two-day workshop fee, educational materials, refreshments and snacks, loan Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras available on request (preferably at time of booking)

Also available, One-to-One project discussions or portfolio reviews with Ms. Catastini. Please arrange with The Mango Lab prior to the event to book a space and arrange a price.

Booking at The Mango Lab, by
Tel.:       020 3002 4991
Online with “Book now” button on this page

020 3002 4991 (from abroad 0044 20 3002 4991) – for enquiries and to reserve your space!
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Sat 11 Nov, 10am-6pm & Sun 12 Nov, 10am-6pm  £235



Please note that this intensive masterclass combines talk, 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 Mango Lab
32 Tavistock Street
Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden (3-4 mins walk)
Or: Leicester Square (8-10 mins walk), Charing Cross (9-12 mins walk), Embankment (10-13 mins walk), Piccadilly (15-20 mins walk)

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Join us to be a part of UrbanPhotoFest 2017:  #UPF17  #TheMangoLab  @themangolab

Please contact us at The Mango Lab for details and to book! Spaces are limited and will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Contact us on 0203 002 4991 or

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