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A multi-tiered project that combines photography, installation, public collaboration, research, publication, and gardening by Wawi Navarroza. For this project, the artist 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 cataloged, assembled within glass terrariums, and photographed by the artist. This communal project built an abstract city map from a psychogeographical sample set of ninety-nine corners of Metropolitan Manila (and one peripheral place). 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. 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.

Author: Wawi Navarroza
Publishers: 5 Ports Publishing, Hardworking, Goodlooking/The Office of Culture and Design, and Studio Wawi Navarroza (Philippines)
Text: Lobregat Balaguer, Nicolás Combarro, Debbie Ding, Beatrice Misa, Lena Cobangbang, Marc Chavez
Graphic Design: Kristian Henson, Lobregat Balaguer, Stefan Kruse
Illustration: Ines Agathe Maude
Photos: ©Wawi Navarroza
Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 inches
Edition size: 1500 copies, First Edition
Details: Offset Printing, Perfect Binding, Softcover, Color, 376 pages
Language: English
Publication Date: 2014
Printed and Published in Manila, Philippines



The book presents Wawi Navarroza’s work following the destruction of her studio in Manila by a typhoon. The photographs and some interventions taken from different places with volcanoes, in the Philippine islands and beyond, are the result of the artist’s coming face to face with nature brut and the inertia of the Volcanic. 

Author: Wawi Navarroza
Publisher: Stephanian
Dimensions: 42 x 30 cm
Edition size: 1000 copies, First Edition
Details: Saddle Binding, Offset Printing, with foil stamping
Language: English
Publication Date: 2014
Photos & Text: ©Wawi Navarroza
Printed in Europe
Published International



(PH) Hunt & Gather, Terraria at 856G Gallery, Cebu City, 2017

(PH) Hunt & Gather, Terraria at Metropolitan Museum of Manila

(SG) DOMINION at Singapore Art Museum, Glass Hall, 2014

(FR) DOMINION at Offprint Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris 2014

(US) Hunt & Gather, Terraria at New York Art Book Fair, PS1 MoMA, 2014


(DE) Hunt & Gather, Terraria at "Artists’ Books for Everything", Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Bremen, Germany. June 3 – August 6, 2017

(IR) Hunt & Gather, Terraria at "PROTOTROPISM" book showcase, The Library Project, Dublin, Ireland. April 7 — May 8, 2016


DOMINION listed in "Best Photobooks 2014" by Daniel Boetker-Smith, Voices of Photography magazine (TW)


Printed Matter (NYC)

Draw Down (LA)


Thousandfold at Pioneer Studios (MNL)

Asia Art Archive (HK)

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (AU)

Indie Photobook Library (US)

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