Café Patolli, Ongoing
Thursday, June 02 2016 - Sunday, July 17 2016
Come meet us at Café Patolli inside Jameco Exchange, where Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op offers organic coffee sourced from autonomous Zapatista farms in Chiapas. Cups of coffee and agua de jamaica (hibiscus water) can be traded for an alternative currency, barter, and time deposits (as well, as voluntary money donations). Café Patolli connects social projects in New York City with their counter parts in Chiapas to create a horizontal financial flow between them.
A pretext for collective conversation, the inspiration for Café Patolli comes, in part, from the rebel Mayan farmworkers who produce the coffee they serve. Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op is a performative homage to the activists who dedicate their days to serving coffee in cities around the world. For Jameco Exchange, Diego De La Vega Coffee Co-op invites visitors to play their modified version of the millenary game of Patolli, a forbidden Nahuatl game that unleashes the wealth of communities.
As an introduction to the game, Diego De La Vega Coffee Co-op will accept deposits of labor, skills, and time into a 'community bank’, and then find a way to better allocate market resources and distribute goods and services to individuals and the commons in the community, creating new relationships and strengthening existing ones. A fully legal complementary currency will be created for the neighborhood during the first few weeks of the exhibition.
Café Patolli will be open during exhibition hours Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm.
Members: Gabriela Ceja + Fran Ilich. Artist-in-residence: Jaime Estefes.