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Bananaganza / Kristin Stalhman / 19 March-1 April 2016

By 23 March 2016September 12th, 2019No Comments

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
On display from Sat 19 March – Fri 1 April 2016

Bananaganza is an exhibit of banana peel photos collected in collaboration since 2014. Inspiration commenced one evening upon visiting a movie theatre. In the parking spot next to mine it appeared as if all four passengers of the now-gone car had woofed down a banana each, leaving the peels by their respective car doors. The decomposed peels looked like a strange creatures: bats, geese, turtles, birds….I was compelled to snap a photo.

Being an avid walker I began noticing banana peels nearly everywhere and stopped to snap a photo of each. Eventually I posted the small collection on social media, where my friends joined in. Soon the random tossed banana peel photo collection expanded to include peel photos sent from all over – the furthest sent from Venice, Italy.

Some of the peels appear in clusters – imagine two to three friends sitting down to enjoy a banana together, leaving the peels and walking away – or perhaps the same individual is eating a banana in the same location every day!

Some of the banana peel photos are comical – you wouldn’t believe some of the places that people actually leave banana peels – toy store shelves and even a bathroom stall in Las Vegas! Who eats a banana in the washroom?

Photographers and locations are credited.
Themes for the Bananaganza photos include:

  • Middle of the road
  • Cityscapes
  • Infrastructure peels
  • Grass, pavement, snow and gravel
  • Pets and friends

Niagara Artists Centre is located on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement