Yasmin Jahan Nupur – 'Let me get you a nice cup of tea'

Sit down with the artist and discover the complex history of tea in this unique performance work

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

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