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Surreal Still Lifes of Genetically Modified Fruit

Pink bananas and blue corn cobs reveal what the naked eye cannot see: genetic modification.

by Adriana Ivanova
Sep 29 2015, 3:15pm

Images courtesy the artists

We're all guilty of discriminating against fruits and vegetables—and not in the least because of their looks. In the supermarket, I regularly catch myself spending minutes in their respective aisles, critically weighing whether I've picked the most perfect kiwi from the crate, or if I should ask the manager for one better.

But what you cannot pick out with the naked eye, is the genetic modification that has undergone such a glorious kiwi. That's exactly what is revealed in new photo series, GMF Fruits. Featuring a blue pineapple, pink bananas, and an orange kiwi as his protagonists, German photographer Enrico Becker and his friend Matt Harris have created a surreal fruit still life for Issue 0 of Ligature Magazine. The fruit is not only painted to produce an alienating effect, but the brightly colored parts let you know exactly which areas of the fruits have been modified to make them ripen better and more beautifully. The barcodes are a reference to the commodification of fruit and vegetables.

What I wonder: What happens when this is what genetically modified fruit really looks like? Do you ignore it, or find it even cooler when a blue grapefruit appears in your lunchbox at work? Let us know in the comments below!

Click here for more from Enrico Becker. 

A version of this article originally appeared on The Creators Project Netherlands.

Via Fubiz

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