For my fourth-year thesis, I researched 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 also created a newspaper multiple to distribute free of charge, and an informational website with the same contents as the book (the website is a work-in-progress). 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.
Bananaland was exhibited at Offsite Concept Space in April 2018, and OCAD U's GradEx in May 2018 where it was awarded the Cross-Disciplinary Art medal. The project was also a finalist in the 2018 Latin American Design Awards for student editorial projects, and received the 2018 RGD Goods & Services for Editorial Design award.
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 capitalism, politics, and the banana industry in Latin America.