In this performance piece, Yasmin Jahan Nupur invites us into what appears to be a cosy domestic space. However, its colonial-era style evokes histories of violence in South Asia. The tablecloth is embroidered with an 1886 map of the British Empire. The napkins are stitched with opium flowers, a crop that farmers were forced to grow by the British East India Company, often for no profit. The artist herself wears a costume combining traditional Bangladeshi and British elements. On the walls are images of tea bushes, applied with a mixture of sugar and tea.
While emphasising the comforting role of tea-drinking in Britain and South Asia, the work also asks us to reflect on the impact of British imperialism and colonialism.
Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor