Diego Bonetto is an artist, father, keen naturalist and award winning cultural worker.
Diego’s art practice encompasses neighborhood- relevant projects like the Redfern/Waterloo Tour of Beauty (2005-10), Green Bans Art Walk (2011) and environmental campaigns like the Weedy Connection project (2006-current), arguing for a more culturally aware interpretation of the landscape and based on research provided by discipline as far apart as biology, anthropology, paleontology, social ecology and ethno botany in order to formulate ethical questions about representation of folklore in times of environmental urgency.
As part of the campaign Diego collaborates extensively with chefs, academics, herbalist, brewers, soap makers, producers, educators and landowners presenting Wild Stories, a program of workshops, tours, community engagement strategies and exhibitions. He regularly presents at conferences and symposiums on the ecological and cultural value of botanical species and has been published in scientific journals like the Plant Protection Quarterly Volume 26 Issue 2, 2011. Diego’s workshops have been provided for the Department of Plant and Food Science students and lecturers and has been facilitating post-doctoral research for the School of Geosciences of the University of Sydney. Diego’s approach to community art provide a valuable platform to engage with public and seek out the accumulation of citizen data.
Diego is now collaborating with a cluster of programmers and web producers to create WildFoodMap -http://wildfood.me-, a community-based platform that presents free food and medicine plants (native or not) living in the landscape, sharing locations and related knowledge through social media interaction.
The project has received a substantial amount of media including a Gardening Australia segment and articles on Marie Claire, GQ Australia, SMH, ABC Radio and SBS.
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