Hunt & Gather, Terraria


Wawi Navarroza

A multi-tiered artist book that combines photography, installation, public collaboration, research, publication and gardening.

Filipino artist, Wawi Navarroza, invited urban and peri-urban dwellers of Metro Manila to forage plants and soil from meaningful and monumental—as well as unexpected and in-between—locations in the city. Collected samples were catalogued and then assembled within glass terrariums by the artist. The photographs of these botanical juxtapositions were shown in a premiere exhibition at Silverlens Gallery, Manila. This communal project built an abstract city map from a psychogeographical sample set of ninety-nine corners of Metropolitan Manila (and one peripheral place). The processual method employed in this project manifests as a publication. More than just a collection of aesthetic images, the book also presents a quasi-academic effort to comprehend urban landscapes through scientific methodology and the prism of subjective experience.

Designed by Kristian Henson, Stefan Kruse Jørgensen and Lobregat Balaguer

Published by Hardworking, Goodlooking
First edition, 2014
Printed in edition of 1,500 copies

378 pages, offset, 6.5 x 9.5 in.