Pure Plantainum (2006) is a body of work that commemorates the plantain - a stereotypical yet iconic symbol of Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture. In the Pure Plantainum series, actual plantains were plated in platinum. The surface boast an exterior of precious metal while the fruit decomposes within. They are presented like emblematic jewels that transform cultural stigmas into contemporary expressions of pride.

Miguel Luciano Pure Plantainum Plantain plated in platinum, on velvet pillow
Pure Plantainum
2006
Plantain plated in platinum, on velvet pillow
Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Miguel Luciano Pure Plantainum Chromogenic print
Plátano Pride
2006
Chromogenic print
40" x 30"
Miguel Luciano Pure Plantainum Green plantains, plated in platinum.
Pure Plantainum
2006
Green plantains, plated in platinum.
Miguel Luciano Pure Plantainum Green plantain, plated in platinum with chain
Pure Plantainum, pendant and chain
2006
Green plantain, plated in platinum with chain
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