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Wild Stories

BY Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre | 20-Nov-2012
“Wild Stories is about the relationship we have with the environment. It seeks to pull out connections and values that cultures have with various plants. We live in a diverse society, populated with people and species from all over the world. Whilst practising foraging, I notice elderly people and their old ways, protecting ancestral stories and important connections with the plants they forage. Wild Stories will present these connections for all to share.” - Diego Bonetto
Venue: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Address: 1 Casula powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170
Date: 1 December 2012 - 31 January 2013
Time: 10am - 5pm
Ticket: FREE
Web: www.casulapowerhouse.com
EMail: reception@casulapowerhouse.com
Call: 0298241121
Diego Bonetto, Sonchus Oleracheous (Sow Thistle) at the Wild Stories Garden, 2012. Taken at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Photograph by Adam Porter, 2012.

The focus of this 18 month community engagement project was not just on the artist, but also on the collaboration with the community – ‘harvesting’ their spontaneous interactions, willingness to share their values whilst foraging, their emotional connections and romantic ideas with and about backyards, gardens, pots and most importantly, their handed-down stories.

Through the foraging, talking and interaction with environment, relationships and partnerships were formed with identity, belonging and a sense of place fostered on a number of levels. Diego generously facilitated and explored how people live and connect with the environment. A spotlight was placed on how the ‘ordinary’ story becomes an ‘extraordinary’ one.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre contributes to an inclusive and creative community through the presentation and production of compelling, quality and diverse cultural programs relevant and engaging to South Western Sydney communities – and Wild Stories is one such program.