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Wawi Navarroza : HUNT & GATHER, TERRARIA

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A Photo Exhibition & Book Project
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HUNT & GATHER, TERRARIA began as a collaboratory(1) initiative. Metro Manila urban and peri-urban dwellers were invited by the artist to forage for soil, plants and ephemera from meaningful and monumental, as well as unexpected and in-between, locations in their city. The collected samples were exhaustively catalogued, arranged in juxtaposition within glass terraria and then photographed for this exhibition.

Ultimately, this communal project builds a psychogeographical map from a sample set of 99 corners of Metropolitan Manila (and 1 peripheral place). The city, its memories and its pressing realities inhabit tiny ecosystems from which larger conclusions, reflections and questions are drawn, imagined and asked.

The processual method employed in creating this exhibition is manifested in a two-volume publication. Vol. I contains related essays, field annotations and an instruction manual for building a glass terrarium. Vol. II is the complete catalogue of exhibited works, and Navarroza's artist statement.

More than just a collection of photographs, HUNT & GATHER, TERRARIA emerges, arguably, as an academic effort to comprehend urban landscapes from scientific methodologies and the prism of subjective experience.

—Lobregat Balaguer

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