For my fourth-year thesis, I'm researching the long, violent, and injust history of the banana industry in Latin America. Bananaland is a book filled with stories, figures, and archival images with the hopes of reminding you that the globalized world is small and we indirectly contribute to the lives of people all over the world.
While I knew I wanted to make a book as the final output for this project, I was also aware that this would be exhibited at two gallery shows and not everyone would have the time to sit down and read it. In order to get this information out to the largest amount of people, I'm also putting together a newspaper multiple to distribute free of charge, and an informational website with the same contents as the book. With this project, I hope to educate the public on the social and political impact behind the most consumed fruit in the world and the lives of the people who produce it. This project is a work in progress.
Bananaland will be exhibited at Offsite Concept Space from April 11–17th 2018, and OCAD U's GradEx from May 3–6th. Drop by to learn more about the banana industry and pick up a free copy of the multiple!
Many of the images in this book were courtesy of Prof. Kevin Coleman and the Rafael Platero Paz Archive. Visit his website to learn more about this archive, along with Prof. Coleman's extensive research into the impacts of the banana industry, capitalism, and politics in Latin America.