Wawi Navarroza’s HUNT & GATHER TERRARIA is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Title: Hunt & Gather Terraria

Photographer/s: Wawi Navarroza

Place of publication: Manila, Philippines

Year of publication: 2014

Publisher: 5 Ports Publishing x Hardworking, Goodlooking (Office of Culture & Design) x Studio Wawi Navarroza

Language: English

Dimensions: 240x 165 mm

Edition size: 1500 – first edition

Binding, paper & printing details: Soft cover,  perfect bound, full colour offset prints on uncoated paper

Number of pages: 380

Number of pictures: n/a

Designer: Kristian Henson (NYC), Stefan Kruse Jørgensen (DK), Lobregat Balaguer (PH/ES)

Editor: Lobregat Balaguer

Printer: Velprint, Philippines

ISBN: 978-97195803-0-0

Retail price: $45 USD

Where to buy; stores/ distributors/URLS: ‘ThousandFold’, ‘ooga booga web store

Link/s to existing book reviews:n/a

Summary of project:

“HUNT & GATHER, TERRARIA began as a collaboratory initiative wherein Metro Manila urban and peri-urban dwellers were invited by the artist Wawi Navarroza to forage for soil, plants and ephemera from meaningful and monumental, as well as unexpected and in-between, locations in the city. The collected samples from the public were exhaustively catalogued, and back in the studio, arranged in juxtaposition within glass terrariums by the artist, and then photographed as still lifes for its premiere exhibition at Silverlens Gallery in 2013.

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

—Lobregat Balaguer