'Coffee Pickers', 2015
by Anika Sara Tachie-Menson
Coffee/graphite/collage on paper
53 x 48 cm
It is quite ironic that coffee is one of the worlds most demanded commodities in the world, but is produced and exported by some of the worlds poorest countries. Moreover, coffee pickers and farmers barely even make a dollar a day. This piece of art seeks to explore the thoughts and feelings of coffee pickers in African farms, who’s efforts contribute greatly to the immense success of Starbucks (most successful coffee shop in the USA). I noted that most of the people who drink coffee in New York City have no idea where it comes from despite their love and daily consumption of the beverage. As a recently transformed New Yorker, I have already noticed, in my two weeks of living here, that getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city is unsurprisingly easy. Therefore, it is somewhat a chore to care about anywhere else. However, it is important that in this busy metropolis, people appreciate the key role agriculture plays in their everyday life; in something they take for granted.
This is an unframed piece.