United Fruit

multi-media installation, 2008

Based on research Fallen Fruit did while on a residency in Cali, Colombia, this multi-part installation focuses on the banana, the most popular fruit in the world.  One set of nine large photographs of a banana plantation in the north of Colombia are opposed to nine portraits of workers on the plantation.  In a second gallery are two hypnotic videos face to face, one of the workers cutting, washing and packing the bananas for shipment, and the other of American teenagers eating the bananas in an endless loop.  A collection of video interviews with Colombian historians, activists and citizens rounds out the view.  This was the first segment of our work on the Colonial History of Fruit.