Plantain Drop

Boakye-Yiadom, Appau Jnr
Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom employs a hybrid use of media. He works with archive materials that include video footage, images, text and recorded sound, alongside ready-made objects, to create installations with multi-layered references. Plantain Drop (2014) features a photographic print taken in the artist’s mother’s garden in Ghana, which is displayed high on a wall to reflect the height at which the plantain grows. On the ground, a cube monitor displays a pre-recorded video of plantain falling to the ground. There is a makeshift, experimental absurdity to the work. The plantain and its counterpart the banana are laden with cultural references, which the work could be seen to allude to: a phallic symbol in Freudian psychology, the staple banana skin of slapstick comedy, or Andy Warhol’s graphic screen prints. Boakye-Yiadom animates this everyday occurrence, while exploiting the performative possibilities of a cultural commodity.
  • Artwork Details: 96.1 x 75.5cm running time: 1 minutes 37seconds
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  • Material description: C- type print, HD video, brass
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC21/2017



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