I N S C T S aims to document the responses that insects could offer to a series of pressing challenges. Striving for a global overview, the project focuses on both the people working towards change and those who would benefit from it.
Insect farming could be a powerful tool for recycling organic waste, producing feed, biofertilizers, and food. In a developing economy, insects could also give smallholders an alternative to expensive imported feed; trials with farmers are already a reality in Africa and Latin America, and most participants are women.
In some developing economies, insect farming is already an emerging industrial sector, where insects contribute to the management of organic waste generated by humans. In Europe and the US this sector is new, and legislation around it is developing; governments and private stakeholders are investing many resources in this field.
I started I N S C T S in 2022, photographing research centres, universities, companies and social projects all over the world. Incorporating archival material, I N S C T S will culminate in a photobook that charts the history of our perceptions of – and relationships with – insects.
During the photo shoots I also recorded audio interviews. My podcast “Get The Bug” is on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and You Tube.