Recipes for Slow Disaster | 01 Wetlands is a print publication (100 copy edition) developed by Andrew Merritt, during his time as a UK associate during Delfina Foundation’s fifth season of the Politics of Food programme, which took place in autumn 2023.

Comprised of initial research, provocations, case studies, interviews, and original diagrams, images and illustrations, the publication extends the notion of what should be considered a ‘disaster zone’ to that of the ‘slow disaster’. From this outset, it looks how existing ‘disaster response’ approaches might be adapted and utilised in various contexts, with a focus on the global destruction of wetlands.

The publication represents the start of a long-term project by the artist, looking at degraded and former wetlands around the world and how they could be actively regenerated through the adaption of disaster scenarios and responses.

How should we rethink and rebuild these lost landscapes when nothing, or very little, of past diversity exists?

During these slow disasters, can we build a community of like that which is found in the aftermath of sudden catastrophes?

Publication co-designed with Konstantina Benaki.



An outcome of Delfina Foundation’s fifth season of the Politics of Food, in partnership with Gaia Art Foundation and with additional support from a range of individuals and partners.