BananArt Drama

Candice Nolan / Dec 8, 2019

BananArt Drama

In thirty minutes, the world’s most expensive banana, achieved its end goal. Digestion. It was turned into nutrients for energy, growth and cell repair. If one could put a value on such a thing, US$ 120 000 would not cut it. Nature 1:0 Art. Performance artist, David Datuna, walked into that gallery, sullied up to the duct-taped banana and peeled it before eating it!

Digestive justice. Ha! My faith in humanity has been restored. That was until I heard that the banana was quickly replaced. And, no further action will be taken against Datuna. It all got me thinking, how would that police report have gone down, in any case? Is it theft or vandalism? How would one go about proving the case? These questions are eating at me.

One could argue, that Datuna “interpreted” the art work. Indeed. He simply explained the meaning of the banana. He was true to its purpose. Which is so much more than I can say for the artist, Maurizio Cattelan, who apparently took a year to come up with the concept. That’s longer than the time it takes to digest the berry.

Cattelan was extremely specific when choosing the right fruit and also carefully considered where the banana would be placed in relation to the wall. He said “Wherever I was travelling I had this banana on the wall. I couldn’t figure out how to finish it.” I’m still baffled. What was the artist himself trying to convey?

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