Banana – Carlos Gasparotto (signed)


Self published, 2023
Softcover, 21 x 30 cm
44 pages, b/w and color photographs
Italian text

Edition of 100 copies

In stock

In 2010, a law known as the ley chorizo threatened the right to strike and protest throughout the entire Panamanian national territory. This law included several new provisions, some of which criminalized the primary means of expression for banana plantation workers.
At precisely the same time, the labourers of Chiquita, one of the world’s largest banana producers, were fighting for a wage increase: about ten cents to be added to the dollar now. In Changuinola, the demonstrations became more participative, peaceful but noisy. And illegal according to the government of the then Italian-Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli. The state’s response was to send police in riot gear to the scene: mobilised with helicopters, the gendarmes fired volleys of buckshot into the crowd.

The toll of this tragedy was seven hundred injured and one fatality, Antonio Smith, struck in the heart.
Since that day, the wounded have been living with the consequences of lead. The less fortunate lost their sight.
The images recount the consequences of that operation and, together with the accompanying texts, offer a reflection that goes beyond mere denunciation. Where does the United Fruit Company’s ruthless profiteering come from? What has really changed?

The words are by “Medusa”: Nicolò Porcelluzzi and Matteo De Giuli, in June 2023. Medusa is a newsletter born in 2017 in collaboration with Not edizioni. It discusses climate and cultural changes, new discoveries, and old ideas

Edition of 100 copies

Weight 1 kg
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