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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