Study Abroad Virtual Event: SACI Florence, Black History Month Florence, Coffee’s Materiality and Exploitation

Date, time, location

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The third conversation of the series features the work of Francis Offman engaging the materiality of coffee and the capacity for abstraction to carry a socio-psychic dimension. Drawing upon the national heritage of coffee in the context of his native Rwanda, the dialogue is expanded upon through an analysis of the colonial legacy of coffee’s production and exchange.

Offman is in dialogue with Jessica Sartiani, whose research is simultaneously physical and academic, reflecting upon the history of the cultural exchange of coffee and the impact of this history on our contemporary consumption, with a focus on the Italian claim to the product.

The conversation is undercut with images and video from the exhibition featuring the work of Offman along with visual displays of the archival research carried out by Sartiani.


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