Sartania Molisana (2019-in progress)
Recipes hold memories. The preparation of ingredients, repetitive actions - stirring, kneading, chopping, familiar tastes and smells, are a performance of acts past and passed on through generations. Recipes are our pathway to remembering and recalling another way of being in the world, like primary sources that we are constantly reshaping and re-engaging. Like all traditions, by existing in the present, they tell us as much about who we are today, as who we were before. The photographs, recipes and oral histories come together in this book, working as partners in storytelling, evoking the places, people, and emotions behind them.
Sartania Molisana is an anthology of recipes and stories exploring the cultural heritage and traditions of the molisan diaspora in Quebec, bringing together thirty five different home cooks from the community and seventy five traditional recipes from their ancestral hometowns in Molise, a small region in Southern Italy. With this anthology, I hope to document and tell a collaborative story of a transnational place and community about immigration, identity, and culture through the food we make, eat, and have adapted through the generations.
Photo by Erica Marsillo
Pure Spring Story Map for Lost Ottawa (2018)
As part of my internship for Lost Ottawa, from June-August 2018, I was always struck by the nostalgia the community had for Pure Spring, an Ottawa-based soft drink bottling company that was sold to Crush in the 60s, and was produced until the 80s. Community members often reminisced about the flavours - some as strange as EXPO Chocolate, created specifically for Expo 67 - and the corner stores where they would buy their cans and bottles. I wanted to write an article for the Lost Ottawa website about this company, but soon realized that you can quickly find tons of resources about it already (Wikipedia, Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Jewish Archives). I didn't want to add more of the same, so I decided to invite the Lost Ottawa community to collaborate on a map asking "Where's Pure Spring in Lost Ottawa?" This will not only be a collection of places around the city (that are mostly lost), but personal stories from the people who love and miss this local company.
390 Richmond Road, 1968. City of Ottawa Archives. CA024199
Balconies is a project that came out of a course called Narrativity and Performance at Carleton. Working with old photos and a website called imaginary landscapes, I created this video and performed a short text.
Ottawa Love Stories (2018)
Where do Ottawa’s love stories take place? And what do these places sound like? Ottawa Love Stories: A Sonic Adventure Map is an interactive work in progress featuring crowd-sourced stories. Each story forms a unique path through the city, connecting all the significant landmarks of that relationship. These paths are then transformed into songs.