Episode III - May 2022



On the occasion of the May Full Moon, Paola Hivelin and Sophie Rokh continue their initiatory journey through the Tarot. This month, the Empress arcana is in the spotlight.

The hosts welcome Ciou, painter, illustrator, curator of the Popland exhibition in Amsterdam and member of Gang Of Witches. They talk about the artist’s career, her influences, her commitments and her lush, magical world. In this episode, you will find the Lunar Saga by Stéphanie Lafranque, aka La Tisanière Tatouée, the initiatory Herbalism by Marilyn Brentegani and Just The Good News Please, by Jo Youle. You will also discover Hortense Belhôte’s column Venus on stage, about performance and contemporary dance. Have a good listening !

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Episode III

00:36 – Paola Hivelin and Sophie Rokh continue their initiatory journey through the Tarot, with this month’s arcane of The Empress.

01:57 – Our guest, the artist Ciou, talks about her background and influences. 

03:27 –  Marilyn Brentegani’s herboristerie initiatique: rosemary.

08:25 – What are Ciou’s artistic obsessions and current events?

15:43 – Venus on stage, Hortense Belhôte.

20:47 – How does the artist translate her ecofeminist commitment through her work?

22:25 – Just the Good News, Please, Jo Youle’s column.

25:10 – Ciou talks about her relationship with the figure of the witch. She also talks about her experience at the Coven and the artistic residencies she did there.

27:27 – The Lunar Saga of Stephanie Lafranque aka La Tisanière Tatouée.

31:54 – To close this episode, Paola Hivelin read a quote from Layne Redmond’s La Femme Tambour.

References cited
in the episode III

Readings by Paola Hivelin and Sophie Rokh 

The Library of Esoterica vol2 – Tarot: Jessica Hundley, Taschen, 2021.

La Femme Tambour: Layne Redmond, editions Leduc, 2019.



Where to find the work of Ciou?

Ciou: Find Ciou’s work and news on his website and his e-shop.

Copro Gallery: Next solo show in December 2022.

Atelier Galerie Biarritz: Organization and curation of the annual summer exhibition.

KochxBos Gallery: Solo show et exposition collective.

Musée de La Poste: Permanent collection.


Guest: Ciou
Animation: Paola Hivelin et Sophie Rokh
Production: Gang Of Witches
Conception: Gang Of Witches
Editing, mix : Paola Hivelin et Sophie Rokh
Sound design: Gang Of Witches
Musics: Gang Of Witches
Photography: Vivien Bertin
Branding: Vivien Bertin

Press review

they say

“We recommend the podcasts of Gang of Witches, a free and concerned community, federating all the reflections on our society where the witch is of course a figure of resistance.”

Extract from the article from Sylvia Jorif for VOGUE
29th of October 2021

Download the press review – FR [pdf – 3Mo]