Episode 3: Joshua Santospirito

Joshua Santospirito is a graphic novelist, multimedia artist, writer and musician based in Hobart, Tasmania. Emmalie met Josh, his partner Jo and their lovely pup Luna at Q-Bar, where Josh played a set to a rumbly, intimate crowd in 2019. When Josh returned in July 2020 for the Q-Bank residency, Emmalie immediately called him to say “have we met?”. After successfully placing each other and being introduced to a new family member, another rescue pup named Bobbin, Josh and Emmalie sat down to talk. Josh wonders aloud on generational storytelling, the brief moment he became a Jungian chauffeur, where stories might live and whether or not they’d live at all without the innate human desire to create them, how we recognise connections, the ever-present question, “who am I?” and what might happen if or when it all burns down. 

“Joshua (he/him) is a writer and artist living in nipaluna on palawa land, lutruwita (Tasmania). His expansive art practice, which includes painting, performance and sound, primarily focuses on identity. His writing, comics and illustrations have appeared in the Monthly, Island Magazine, Meanjin and The Suburban Review. In 2013 San Kessto Publications published the graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs which was based upon an essay by Craig San Roque. The book is now in its fourth printing and has developed a cult-following across Australia and won the Chief Minister’s non-fiction book award in the Northern Territory.” – Joshua Santospirito for the Joshua Santospirito website

Josh can be found in the world – 

Joshua Santospirito will be opening a show at the Moonah Arts Centre (@moonahartscentre), Hobart, showing a work in progress graphic novel titled Swallow Part Two on Thursday the 15th of October 2020. The show will run for three weeks. 

On Saturday the 17th Josh will be back in Queenstown for a group show, organised by Lou Conboy, at Q-Bank (@qbankgallery). 

Josh will be playing music with Natalya Bing at Altar (@altarhobart) in Hobart on Friday the 30th of October. 

Finally, Josh is running what he describes as a “bonkers” kickstarter campaign to publish a 1000 piece puzzle. All of the proceeds will be going to the Comic Art Workshop (@thecomicartworkshop), a not-for-profit artist run organisation based in Australia. The campaign became live on the 1st of October 2020 and will run until the end of the month. To support the campaign go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/comicartworkshop/397171720/ – it’s worth it. 

Josh can be found on the internet – 

Website: http://joshuasantospirito.com@jshsantospirito (Instagram)

An improvised track by Joshua Santospirito. 

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