Privilege Coffee


2016
Series of interactive performances

Privilege Coffee is a pop-up coffee shop where customers can trade their privilege for coffee. The more privilege you have, the more coffee you get. The concept of privilege is based on the idea of the birth lottery: circumstances which individuals are born into can potentially have a negative or positive effect on their lives. The coffee shop customers picked from the following twelve categories, represented by color coded cards:
White
Male
Middle-upper class
Heterosexual
Neurotypical (having no mental illness or disability)
Able-bodied
Cisgendered (not transgender)
Gender-conforming (looking/acting like a typical man or woman)
Christian
Happy childhood
Thin
American Citizen

They were also asked to pick one privilege which has made their life the easiest, for the tip jar.

The coffee shop was held in downtown Greensboro, NC as well as at the 2016 Orlando Art in Odd Places festival.

Special thanks to Kelly Rambo and Lu Xu for their wonderful assistance!