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Raccogliere defines itself as designed for and with the local community and the place they co-inhabit. We seek participants for our knowledge- and skill-sharing section, Blue Pages. We are building these with you to create con-nections and promote individuals that take action for resistance and regeneration.


• COMMUNITY


Alberto Barausse
LIFEVIMINE
Professor, LIFE VIMINE project
Alberto is a researcher at the University of Padua working on environmental management and conservation, especially in coastal aquatic ecosystems. He investigates sustainable solutions to manage human activities, but also the bene-fits that nature provides us with, combining tools such as modelling, field monitoring, nature-based solutions and stakeholder engagement.
lifevimine.eu


Matteo Stocco
METAGOON
Filmmaker
Matteo Stocco is a filmmaker who lives and works in Venice. His main field of research concerns the dynamics and problems that influence the contemporary development of the city, with a particular focus on the micro-boundaries between intimacy and everyday life in the Venetian Lagoon. In 2015, together with a multi-disciplinary team, Stocco started to work on Metagoon, which is a platform that consists of 48 hours of footage covering the complex aspects of the Venetian community and its fragile ecosystem. Traditions, knowledge, changes and contradictions are encapsulated by interviews, stories and silent observations by researchers and locals alike. Metagoon takes the visualisation of more-than-human perspectives to another level, not at last by questioning traditional ways of mapping the environment in particular as global warming becomes a felt reality on the ground. In 2021 the platform was finally launched. Long-term, the goal is to expand Metagoon to other lagoons across the globe, for which it will invite film makers, scientists, artists, researchers, the local public to create these highly vernacular narratives.
metagoon.net


Alice Ongaro Sartori
Researcher
Alice works in the field of visual culture and publishing. Her research focuses on the intersection between nature and culture. She is part of wetlands, a publishing house dedicated to issues of social and environmental sustainability, for which she coordinates the new Afterwords series, curated by writer Maaza Mengiste. She is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Hamburg and her research focuses on Italian antifascism, from 1960 to the present, in works on paper such as artist's books, collage and visual poetry.
metagoon.net
wetlandsbooks.com


Amina Chouaïri
Researcher
Amina Chouaïri is an Italian-Moroccan PhD student in Urbanism at Università Iuav di Venezia, and trained in Landscape Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her interests in Landscape Architecture with a particular focus on wet ecologies and transitional territories such as the Venice Lagoon, stem from a rather personal relationship with her grandfather’s origins in Veneto, that led her frequently to explore the delicate intertidal zone.
    Despite her background in a rather praxis-based field, she turned towards material translations of theory and research as well as foregrounding the predominant cosmologies we are still entangled in when we respond to any ecosystem in the Global North. Her research focuses on the cultural landscape of barene(brackish marshes) of the Venice Lagoon, a sedimented complex system of ecological relations. During the last century, barene – due to anthropic pressures – suffered an unprecedent loss determining a status of a deeply broken landscape and various technological-driven attempts to restore it. In these uncertain times it remains unclear, if the conditions we have forced the world into can sustain “restoration” as in “bringing back the past”. Rather in her view, sustaining “repair” means the active practices of mending, recreating conditions for processes and dynamics to happen.
    Besides her doctoral research, Amina curates networks such as How Do We Meet, which she co-runs with eight other women since December 2022. In parallel, together with fellows Carolina Fiallo and Francesca Dal Cin, she is working on Tributaries, a submission-based directory to map researchers, practitioners, projects, programmes and centres worldwide whose work focuses on water system and wet ecologies, counteracting the isolation of research projects working on similar topics. In this sense, Amina questions the traditional role of the urbanist and landscape architect and expands it to become one of a mediator and translator instead.


Jane da Mosto
WeAreHereVenice
Environmental scientist, Executive Director
Jane founded WeAreHereVenice to protect and preserve Venice and its lagoon with a particular focus on mass-tourism in Venice. Research investigations have covered climate change and wetland ecology plus methodological issues like indicators and valuation approaches and the integration of different branches of knowledge. 
weareherevenice.org


OCEANSPACE
TBA21-ACADEMY

Located in the Church of San Lorenzo in Venice, Ocean Space is a planetary center for exhibitions, research and public programs catalyzing ocean literacy and advocacy through the arts. Established and led by TBA21–Academy and building on its expansive work over the past ten years, this embassy for the oceans fosters wonder, engagement, and collective action.
ocean-space.org



• FOOD AND CUISINE


VENISSA 
Francesco Brutto & Chiara Pavan 
Michelin-Chefs of Venissa
La cucina ambientale di Chiara Pavan e Francesco Brutto è focalizzata sulla ricerca, il territorio e l’ambiente. Insieme gestiscono la cucina del Venissa, ristorante stellato Michelin che presta molta attenzione alle pratiche ambientali come la riduzione dei rifiuti, l’auto-nomia alimentare, l’approvvigionamento locale, la stagionalità e il riciclo.
venissa.it


Lorenzo Barbasetti di Prun
Chef, artist and researcher
Lorenzo is the founder of Prometheus_Open Food Lab, which is a research laboratory dedicated to transforming landscapes through the lens of food. His work in Venice, titled The Tidal Garden, explores the edible potential of the lagoon’s salt marshes.
prometheusofl.com


Enrico Gallo
Chef (researching on culture and nutrition)
Enrico graduated from the University of Padua (2021) with his thesis Halophyles as a sustainable food source. His research focused on the fishing community of Burano, the knowledge related to halophytes and how these plants might be reintroduced into traditional gastronomy and dietary regimes.


Marco Bozzatto
Farmer Verbezia
Marco belongs to the last generation of farmers in Cavallino-Treporti. With a deep connection to his community and knowledge of the landscape, he introduced extra-ordinary new plants and tastes to the lagoon, defying the rigidity of conventional crops. Together with Prometheus_ Open Food Lab he is growing halophytes to regenerate salinised soils.


• ARTS AND CULTURE



BARENA BIANCA
Fabio Cavallari & Pietro Consolandi 
Artists
Barena Bianca is a collective founded by Fabio Cavallari and Pietro Consolandi in 2018 to focus on the fragile intertidal zone (locally known as »barene«) and the social conditions of locals within Venice City. Indeed, the collective is not native to Venice, and so they learnt the ropes by starting to work with local experts allowing them to expand their knowledge on the ecosystem. One of their first projects was to create shirts showcasing the marshlands by stitching patches resembling the intertidal zone and to photograph themselves amongst Venice’s tourist crowd. The dichotomy between visible and invisible–an essentially dysfunctional camouflage–portrayed rather well how the world-famous city is frequently reduced to its centre alone, rendering the lagoon ecosystem including its habitants at times invisible. Another project titled “Atensiòn! (Venetian dialect for "attenzione!")” were simple printed A-boards that were stating facts on the declining ecosystem and installed on wheeled carts to be brought around by a performer. To their surprise, the city's administration asked the artists to take them down, even though all facts were taken from the city’s website.
    Despite backlashes as from the administration, Fabio and Pietro strongly believe in their hyperlocal approach, which also involves taking local school children on fieldtrips in the marshes. A long-term project that they hope to integrate in the local curriculum in collaboration with UNESCO. Indeed, Venice’s case may not be as unique as one may think, when it comes to eco-social challenges exacerbated by global warming. Therefore, the duo is also actively engaged with locals overseas to find these links and foster exchange. In the end, a long-term approach such as education and sensitisation towards a rather complex subject is required, and yet Barena Bianca’s practice also allows for more curious short-term activities such as a seemingly innocent shirt mingling through an international crowd.
barenabianca.earth


Sonia Levy
Artist & Filmmaker
is an artist and research-led filmmaker based in London, with a background in the Experimental Programme in Arts & Politics at Science Po, Paris. Her practice operates at the confluence of diverse knowledge practices, inquiring about Western expansionist and extractive logics.
    In 2022, Levy was awarded the S+T+ARTS4Water residency in Venice, hosted by TBA21-Academy, alongside anthropologist Heather Swanson, ecologist Meredith Root-Bernstein, and architect Alexandra Arenes. Their exploration delved into the Venice Lagoon biogeomorphological transformations, initially centring on receding reedbeds caused by historical river diversion. The inquiry extended to the Lagoon subsidence, emphasising sediment and geomorphological loss and its impact on life.
    As part of the research, Levy filmed underwater, witnessing the seldom-seen submerged worlds of the Lagoon while also engaging with scientists and locals to foreground their experiences amidst a rapidly changing ecosystem. Extending these investigations in 2023, Levy further collaborated with the marine biology station of Chioggia on the film "We Marry You, O Sea", a cinematic inquiry engaging with Venice "from below". The film combines underwater filmmaking and archival photographs of Venice's petro-capitalist venture via the construction of the industrial and commercial area of Porto Marghera. Through underwater filmmaking, Levy attempted to open renewed ways of knowing the materialities of the Venice Lagoon. The film premiered at Venice Cinema Gallegiante Festival 2023 and was exhibited at Museo Thyssen, Madrid for "Liquid Intelligence".
    In early 2024, Levy, collaborating with Venetian curator Chiara Famengo, ecologist Alberto Barausse, and the marine biology station of Chioggia, is initiating workshops funded by a European Marine Board grant, bringing together marine scientists, fishers, and other Lagoon actors for a collective learning process to devise situated literacy of this environment. Building on the inquiries initiated by the film, these workshops aim to foster a material and analytical perspective "from below."
instagram.com/sonia__levy/


Chiara Famengo
Venetian Curator and Researcher
Chiara works at the intersection of art and ecology, mostly outside of gallery spaces and institutions. There, she places great value on working with local communities, and international creative practitioners in order to develop long-term hyper-localised, cultural, and ecological programmes; re-thinking environmental justice claims and supporting the rights of nature, human rights, and forms of governance in the public commons. Chiara is the curator of the 2023 Venice Design Biennial public programme, co-curator of the Art Council England CPP program Three Rivers Bexley, ecology researcher at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, and art researcher for the artist and filmmaker Sonia Levy (working on the European Marine Board Programme, “EMBracing the Oceans”).
instagram.com/chiarafamengo


Marantico 
Fashion designers
Filippo Soffiato and Adriana Suriano are developing designs to introduce halophytes in the Burano’s lace imagery and codex. Also promoting the use of lace in contemporary fashion. They are collaborating with Tabi no Tabi in researching seaweed fabrics and threads.
@ma.ran.ti.co


Franco Crea
Gondola- and boatmaker
Franco has always had a deep connection to the Venice lagoon. A fisherman by trade, he began making gondolas and later shifted to motor boats. Designed specially for the lagoon, these boats make few waves and can move through shallow waters. 
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