Handle/ with care, Prendre/ avec soin2020
melissandre varin and Jérémie Priam
Duration: 08.29 followed by conversation with artists
warning this film contains: nudity, suffocation image, banana chewing noises
Presenting the Caribbean banana trade as a site of desire and displacement, melissandre and Jeremie’s audio-visual assemblage spans 4,000 miles. On Martinique, Jeremie’s aunt Lilianne shares her knowledge of growing organic bananas. On the island, toxic pesticides sprayed on banana crops have contaminated the landscape and poisoned the local population. In the garden of Foleshill Community Centre, Coventry, melissandre compost uneaten bananas. Symbolic of both sick food systems and dislocated beings, the bruised exotic fruit leaves an unsettling taste in the mouth.