Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Josué Guarionex

Josué Guarionex’s Coffee Break maps the transatlantic slave trade, in which slaves, crops, and manufactured goods were trafficked between European colonies, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Considering the history of Caribbean coffee and sugar, the work reveals our silent complicity in the cyclical violence. Guarionex repurposes a coffee maker, a symbol of morning ritual and conversation, and literally ruptures that symbol, crystallizing our quotidian connections to systems of oppression.

Coffee Break, 2014 
From the series The Pursuit of Power
Wooden gun and bullets, coffee machine
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Josué Guarionex