'Grown by Women', Su Ekin Demir, 2016
Collage with newspaper, coffee filters, coffee and charcoal on canvas
100 x 130 cm
“Women’s Coffee” is the inspiration for my artwork. The journey from seed to cup starts with coffee farmers. Despite contributing up to 70% of the labour required to plant, grow and harvest coffee, female farmers rarely own their own land or the coffee bushes they tend – they usually belong to the men in the family and as a result women are unable to join farming co-operatives or earn an income from their labour. The artwork challenges viewers to think about the process before sipping their coffee.