02.06.                      14.07.2024

Trattoria Guaiana

A project by Niccolò Moronato, Prince Asford, and Alice Jasmine Crippa.
In conversation with Villa Romana 2024 Fellows and invited guests.
Curated by Elena Agudio and Mistura Allison.
Soundscapes by SADI.
Graphics by Marcelo Vendramel.

Trattoria Guaiana is a convivial, participatory cuisine table exploring what it tastes, looks and feels like to live in a society where tradition is no longer used for ‘othering’ people and, instead, it learns from every voice that contributes to its reality.

Trattoria Guaiana stems from the acknowledgment of a significant historical erasure: the attempt by the Medici to colonise the Amazon in 1608, in what is now called French Guyana, and the story of the six Tupì people who travelled to Florence on board the Tuscan expedition, never to return home.

By materialising this fact into popular culture through flavours and sensorial experiences, the Trattoria creates an open source space at the edges of Italian tradition and identity, supporting the cultures and natures that contributed but are still excluded from it.

The Sala Giardino of Villa Romana will turn into a Tuscan-Guyanese trattoria, becoming a space of gathering for communal sharing and critical reflection. It will host an installation of the world of “Guaiana Toscana”, the ongoing, Italian Council-supported research by Niccolò Moronato from which the Trattoria stems, as well as books, conversation objects, and a plant-based, organic soundscape created by SADI using Moronato’s archive of sounds sampled across Uruguay, Brazil, French Guyana, Dominica, Barbados, Tuscany, and Martinica.
Join us for lunch or dinner, ci vediamo a cena!

Convivial Meals — June 2nd, 6th & 8th
Public programming — June 4th & 5th
Guaiana Toscana Garden Inauguration — June 9th
Finissage — July 14th


Due to the artistic nature of the cuisine, we will not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions all at once (but we’ll do our best to make the experience as inclusive as possible! The menu is predominantly vegetarian.)

Project instigators: Niccolò Moronato, Prince Asford, and Alice Jasmine Crippa
Curators: Elena Agudio and Mistura Allison
Production: Giulia Del Piero
Administration: Claudia Fromm
Soundscape design: SADI

Graphics: Marcelo Vendramel and Niccolò Moronato’s “Guaiana Toscana” archive

Website Design: Giorgia Belotti
Resident agronomist: Isabella Devetta
Operations: Ala and Victor Cebotaru
Press Relations: Metis PR

More info on Trattoria Guaiana’s project.

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The main sponsor is the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Other sponsors are the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the BAO Foundation as well as - project related - numerous private individuals, companies and foundations from all over the world.

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