Jia Candido


Artist Statement

‘Banana’ can be an inappropriate term and a satirical slur. However, in this work, the banana is analogous to the peeling-back of my traditional Asian values and the revelation of a generational cultural shift. The banana creates a dual metaphor for disapproval and change. Concepts of culinary traditions, feeling ‘stitched up’, and fermenting attitudes are represented through culturally significant materials and processes, such as staining with soy sauce, skeletal bamboo, and stitched and decomposing banana skins, which are formatted here as postcards to be taken away as ‘food for thought’.

About the Artist

  • Name: Jia Candido
  • School: Goondiwindi State High School
  • Artwork: Banana
  • Media: Digital photographs on 300gsm card

My culture is important as it makes me the person I am today. I was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia at the age of five, not knowing how to speak English. It was hard growing up in a small town due to its low diversity, and I struggled with self-acceptance. I stopped using my language and was at the point of hating who I was. As I look back, this made me realise my self-worth and importance and I now want to learn more about the part of me that I once wanted to erase.