When a banana that was duct taped to a wall sold for $120,000, not everyone understood the artistic inspiration behind the piece.
But one hungry artist did.
And he’s far from apologetic.
“It wasn’t vandalism, it was art performance from me and absolutely I am not sorry,” Datuna said during a press conference on Monday.
Datuna called Cattelan “one of the top artists in the world.” When asked how that was possible if he ate his art, Datuna insisted that he did not consider the performance as defacing another artist’s work and even called the duct taped banana a genius idea.
“In this case, it’s not like I ate art,” Datuna said. “Like the gallery said, it’s not a banana, it’s a concept. And I just ate the concept of the artist. So I think this is cool, this is fun, this is what art is about.”
The artist said he planned to eat the banana early in the morning, even saving his appetite for his potassium filled meal of the day.
“I call the performance, ‘Hungry Artist,’ because I was hungry and I just ate it,” Datuna said.
“This is how artists talk with each other. We talk by art. This was his art and this was my performance.”
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While many in the gallery were angered when he ate the banana, Datuna said he wasn’t afraid of going to jail.
In fact, before his performance, he asked his friends to prepare to call his lawyers in case he was arrested.
“The gallery took all my information and the police took all my information,” he said. “What’s going to happen in the next few days, I don’t know.”
CNN has reached out to Galerie Perrotin for comment.