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“A Peeling” Dimitry Saïd Chamy, USA, 2022
“A Peeling” is a single-shot hand-animated short starring the banana, the United States’ most popular immigrant fruit (sorry, Florida oranges). Watch what happens when our banana enlists a congregation of alligators as it transitions. A reptilian soundtrack of chirps, growls, and hisses accompanies its big reveal.
“A Peeling” is part of the series Queer FRUIT, a video collaboration by artists Dimitry Saïd Chamy and Laurencia Strauss, which explores queer visibility, autonomy, and desire in the State of Florida under the regime of “Don’t Say Gay“ laws and attempts to marginalize or erase queerness. We resist these forces with humor and a celebration of queerness in all its forms while using ordinary objects, natural sounds, and the visibility of the hands of the animators. Though some bananas were eaten during the making of this video, no alligators were harmed.
Dimitry Saïd Chamy is a transdisciplinary artist, designer, and educator. Working from a queer, mixed Haïtian-Lebanese immigrant perspective, he explores speculative futures, generative systems, and symbolic world-building through participatory co-creation and storytelling.
An Oolite Arts Creator award recipient, Chamy has exhibited from Miami to Beijing, including Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, New York, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and Locust Projects in Miami. Chamy holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University.
Director: Dimitry Saïd ChamyDirector
Cast”First Pair of Hands”: Laurencia Strauss
Cast”Second Pair of Hands”: Dimitry Saïd Chamy