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CO.FEE

By Elias Njora & Oliver Mayhew

07 June - 27 June 2018 I CATALOGUE Priest Gallery and Espressobar I 142 Jan Smuts Avenue I Rosebank I JHB I +212014777 I www.priest.co.za


CO.FEE by Elias Njora & Oliver Mayhew 07 June - 27 June 2018 I CATALOGUE

The relationship between Western consumption of Coffee and the developing world from which it sources this commodity is a particularly contentious one. No other commodity so aggressively promotes and perpetuates the notion of Western generosity and compassionate consumption. This relation between coffee trade as a moral compass of Western trade in general, the experienced realities of the Coffee Industry and the rich histories of coffee production and consumption is the foundation of Oliver and Elias’s two-person show CO.FEE. CO.FEE marks a dialogue between two artists, an ongoing conversation between their multimedia artistic practices reflecting on the vast cultural implications of this stimulant.

Priest Gallery and Espressobar I 142 Jan Smuts Avenue I Rosebank I Johannesburg I +212014777 I www.priest.co.za


CO.FEE installation at Priest Gallery. 2018


Elias Mung’ora Njora

Born in 1992 in Nyeri Kenya. Elias Mungora was born and raised in Central Kenya in a small coffee growing region. His father’s small plantation of about 200 coffee plants was an important part of the family farm. It’s from this environment that the artist experienced the reality and frustrations of being a small-scale coffee farmer. A dialogue that this show seeks to engage. The exposure to art was very little and yet the interest was evident from his love of drawing from an early age. He joined college briefly for 2 years to pursue Real Estate and Property Management before leaving to pursue a career as an artist. He’s a member of Brush-Tu Art Studio and was a top 10 finalist for the Barclays L’atelier 2017 competition. He works mainly with paintings, drawings and photography. His work is mostly inspired by his life in the urban environment of Nairobi. “The making of the work was informed by different factors and materials common in small scale coffee growing areas in Kenya. For this project I visited Mung’aria village where I am from and is also home to Aguthii Farmers’ co-operative Society. Unfortunately during the visit the cooperative’s factory was not in operation due to mismanagement of the facilities and famers’ monies. The coffee industry is heavily regulated by law. Farmers are not free to sell their coffee to buyers of their choice, which meant the famers from the co-operative had to find ways of moving their produce or abandon it entirely. While some farmers like my father resulted in uprooting their coffee out of frustration, others were selling to other Co-operative societies through back channels. It’s from these back channel sales that I found the sacks which I used as a material for the project. The process involved using the accumulated dirt on the sacks to create imagery on the sacks by washing out potions of it. The idea mimics coffee processing that happens at the co-operative factory level. It involves separating the beans from the husks through a process of washing. This process is also a symbol of labour involved at this level of coffee production. Cautionary signs were added later and these can be read differently. Through the work I was thinking where and how the labour that happens in coffee farming in my country fits into the local legislative policies and power play and the global complex of coffee, trading, consumptions and related practices. I’ve attached a pdf of the Kenya Coffee Act for reference. [http://infotradekenya.go.ke/media/Coffee%20Act%20Chapter%20333.pdf ]” - Elias Mung’ora

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Elias Njora Untitled 5. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 71 x 110 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 6. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 76 x 110 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 4. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 72 x 105 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 7. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 60 x 100 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 8. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 59 x 101 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 1. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 62 x 96 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 1 (detail.) 2018


Elias Njora Untitled 3. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 70 x 110 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 7. 2018 Mixed media on coffee bags/sacks 72 x 102 cm (approximate) R8000.00


Elias Njora Untitled 4 (detail.) 2018


Oliver Mayhew Born in 1990, Oliver Mayhew started drinking coffee seriously after completing his studies at the University of Pretoria in 2013. For the most part, he drank instant coffee brands that manufacture and industrializes coffee sourced predominantly from other countries. He majored in printmaking focusing on linocuts and made a transitional jump towards digital art and found prints. He was a Top 10 Barclays l’atelier finalist in 2017 for his art installation, “Receipt Poetry: Shop Right”.

Priest Gallery and Espressobar I 142 Jan Smuts Avenue I Rosebank I Johannesburg I +212014777 I www.priest.co.za


Oliver Mayhew #Liberals. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Oliver Mayhew A Lot of Ground to Cover. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Oliver Mayhew Compassionate Consumption. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Oliver Mayhew Moreality of Me. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Oliver Mayhew Re-cough fee. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Oliver Mayhew Spaghetti Western. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Oliver Mayhew Served hot or cold (title in progress). Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R6000.98 (framed) R4800.98 (unframed)


Served hot or cold (title in progress) installation at Priest Gallery. 2018


Oliver Mayhew Triptick after Aid (triptych). Ivory Tower; President With An X for a Signature; Dependency. 2018 Digital Print on Art Rag Edition:9 594 x 841 mm (per print) R18000.98 (framed)


Oliver Mayhew Triptick after Aid (triptych). 2018 The Red Land of a Tongue. 2018 Coffee grinds collected through the course of the CO.FEE exhibition. Process /installation NFS


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 1. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 2. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 3. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 4. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 5. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 6. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 7. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 8. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 9. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 10. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 11. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 12. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 13. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 14. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 15. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 16. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 17. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 18. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 19. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 20. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 21. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 22. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 23. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 24. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 25. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). Mugshot 26. 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew Measurement of Morality (MOM). 2018 Digital print on photographic paper Signed editions of 25 26 Variables (100 x 150 mm) Price: Inclusive with every receipt that has a coffee purchase/s.


Oliver Mayhew It Doubles as a spotlight and a plunger (video stills). 2018 Video and mirror (installation detail) Video 7 minutes R8,000


Oliver Mayhew It Doubles as a spotlight and a plunger. 2018 Video and mirror (installation detail)


Oliver Mayhew A Price Difference. 2018


Oliver Mayhew A Price Difference. 2018 Found Receipts and Prestik Price: Not for Sale


Elias Njora Untitled. 2018 Stills from video a labourer splitting the coffee tree stumps into firewood on the Njora farm. NFS


Elias Njora Untitled. 2018 Still from video a labourer splitting the coffee tree stumps into firewood on the Njora farm. NFS


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CO.FEE by Elias Njora and Oliver Mayhew Catalogue 2018 Priest Gallery  

CO.FEE by Elias Njora & Oliver Mayhew 07 June - 27 June 2018 I CATALOGUE The relationship between Western consumption of Coffee and the dev...

CO.FEE by Elias Njora and Oliver Mayhew Catalogue 2018 Priest Gallery  

CO.FEE by Elias Njora & Oliver Mayhew 07 June - 27 June 2018 I CATALOGUE The relationship between Western consumption of Coffee and the dev...

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