Untitled Molise Cookbook (2019-ongoing)
Behind every recipe, there is a story of places and people. In collaboration with the Federazione delle associazioni Molisane del Quebec, I will be collecting recipes and stories through oral histories with Montreal's Molisani and compiling them into a cookbook celebrating the culinary traditions and history of our community. We will tell our histories of immigration, identity, and culture through the food we make, eat, and adapt through the generations.
These stories and photos will be published alongside the recipes. This book will document and be a testament of the lives of those who make up the molisana community here in Quebec. We do this through a cookbook because food connects us to our culture and ancestors; recipes are passed down through the generations; taste and smell can remind us of people and transport us to places that have been significant to us throughout our lives.
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.