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Ultramar, Part II: Hunt & Gather, Terraria

Wawi Navarroza

Ultramar, Part II: Hunt & Gather, Terraria
Wawi Navarroza
5 Ports Publishing x Hardworking, Goodlooking (Office of Culture & Design) x Studio Wawi Navarroza


377 pages
240×160 mm
ISBN: 978-971-95803-0-0


Project Terraria is Wawi Navarroza’s public call for the urbanfolk of Metro Manila to forage for soil, plants, wild growth, moss, pebbles, and ephemera from unlikely places and meaningful locations in the city. The materials from various sources are then juxtaposed and arranged in terrariums by the artist, and photographed for exhibition “ULTRAMAR, Part II: HUNT & GATHER, TERRARIA”. Ultimately, the communal project builds a psychogeographic map of the corners of Metropolitan Manila, the city and its memories, and its pressing realities written in a created habitat of plantlife and native soil. The exhibition was accompanied by an artist’s book/catalog.

The Artist’s Book consists of 2 volumes containing the exhibited works (Terrarium nº1—nº22), critical essays from local and international writers, documentation photos, illustrations, field notes, and research from the foraged contributions. The book is being assembled by the artist in partnership with Lobregat Balaguer (The Office of Culture & Design) and graphic designers Kristian Henson (US/PH) (Manila Review) and Stefan Kruse Jørgensen (DK), with editorial assistance from Marc Chavez and Karen Batino.

Wawi Navarroza is an artist/photographer from Manila, Philippines. She graduated from De La Salle University, Manila and attended continuing education at the International Center of Photography, New York. In 2012, Navarroza completed her scholarship awarded by the Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid under the program European Master of Fine Art Photography.

5 Ports Publishing is a Manila based publishing house, who ‘believe in print, and in putting quality content in tangible form in your hands.’

In 2013, Hardworking Goodlooking was set up as a guerrilla publishing house and regular design studio that consolidates the results of their experiments (and those of others) in print and other formats.