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Researching food-centred social networks with participatory visual methods

Ginevra Montefusco on participatory visual methods.

Our Winter School alumna Ginevra Montefusco defended her Master thesis this March with the title Food in the Margin: a feminist analysis of sense of place in Barriera di Milano, Turin (supervisors: Alessia Toldo and Egidio Dansero).

This dissertation, based on fieldwork research in Turin investigates the dimension of the ‘margins’ of urban contexts, in both spatial and social sense. Ginevra analyses the sense of place of those who inhabits ‘the margins’ of Turin through the lens of food. Two projects (the ex Public Baths of via Agliè and il Boschetto in the Turin neighbourhood of Barriera di Milano) adopt diverse strategies of social care through food, enhancing its transformative power. Participants exercise a sense of place through urban food sovereignty, building community ‘at the margins’. Both projects also feature in Maria Vasile’s forthcoming Ph.D. dissertation, and in the Food Citizens? I-doc.

Givevra Montefusco’s article about Turin’s popular neighbourhood Barriera di Milano is forthcoming soon. Her visual research output is the interactive documentary Food in the margin. This research employs participatory visual methodology, inspired by decolonial and feminist epistemologies.

Currently, Ginevra is furthering her research and visual methods skills at CAWR (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience) where she is conducting a participatory mapping and video project with women farming in Gaza and Khan Yunis in the framework of Gaza Foodways | agroecology.world.

Banner image: Food in the margin | Food In The Margin (ginnimontefusco.wixsite.com)

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