Media for Wild Stories, reaching the local audience

Get out there: Diego Bonnetto (pictured) is teaching Liverpudlians how to get back to nature, and save some money on the next grocery bill. Picture: Luke Fuda

Artist shares wild idea

21 Mar, 2012 South West Advertiser

EVERYDAY plants found in your backyard could have health and medicinal benefits.
Diego Bonnetto, an artist with a love of all things botanical, has developed a movement within the local community to encourage foraging for wild plants.

The artist is working in partnership with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to deliver the Wild Stories exhibition this December.

Mr Bonnetto will host a range of workshops throughout the year to encourage the broader community to create their own Wild Stories through foraging in the local environment, cooking classes, skill sharing and story-telling.

Originally of Italian decent, Mr Bonnetto said the aim of the project was to bring people back to nature.

“I migrated to this country 20 years ago,” he said.

“Back in Italy it was normal for us or family members to pick wild mushrooms or herbs.

“Today’s foraging is not going to provide you with enough to feed or support you but it will give you a relationship with the land.”

Mr Bonnetto said sourcing food from the land was not isolated to indigenous groups.

“We are losing ancient herbal remedies and recipes and becoming disconnected with the environment,” he said. “We need to reassess how we live in the environment.”

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About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty ( tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (, short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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