The project takes as its point of departure an immersive ethnobotanic journey through Rome to locate as many edgelands as possible: places where urban foraging could trigger convivial engagement. My research will use Rome as the main site, in addition to the Academy itself, exploring mechanisms of relationships and place-making through social gathering with citizens, nonprofit organizations, and stakeholders.
Roman Foraging aims to create gentle forms of resistance, and to participate and engage with different communities and professionals by crafting collaborative, hands-on experiences. I wish to design informal happenings and opportunities for new convivial practices through urban foraging, which will help construct ways to preserve natural resources.
By reflecting on harvesting, and by challenging the preservation and consumption of selected ingredients, I hope to activate and understand cultural ties within specific communities, both in relation to the history of Rome and its contemporary, multiethnic fabric.