Diego Bonetto

Green amaranth, 2015, found plant, image: Chris Chen
Green amaranth, 2015, found plant, image: Chris Chen

bio:

Diego is a wild food advocate based in Sydney, most famous for his offering of urban foraging workshops. He works to enable convivial conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency. Exhibitions and commissions have included Foodfight (a C3West commission in partnership with the MCA and Liverpool Council, Sydney, 2016); The Rocks Windmill, Sydney (2013, workshops and public sculpture); Wild Stories (two years of workshops and a solo show, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, 2012); and State of the Arts (group exhibition, Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011). Diego is also a core member of Big Fag Press, where he provides mentorship to emerging artists and supports Sydney’s print culture through workshops and exhibitions.

statement:

Diego Bonetto is a forager, artist, storyteller and an expert on identifying the nutritious plants that grow under our feet that most people call ‘weeds’. Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduces people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us. He collaborates extensively with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers promoting a new understanding of what the environment has to offer and works with councils and institutions to provide content for community engagement projects. You see weeds, Diego sees food. Diego is now launching wildfood.store, a company that offers foraging services for farmers, market gardeners and chefs. Diego is a founding member of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation. Diego has received a substantial amount of media including a Gardening Australia appearance, articles on Marie Claire, GQ Australia, SMH, and segments on ABC and SBS.

Rambling dock, 2017, found plant, image: Aimee Crouch
Rambling dock, 2017, found plant, image: Aimee Crouch