Tea Afar \\ travel stories made with tea \\
An intimate gathering of 16 invited guests, one tea master, small bites, three storytellers, travel photography, and regional music—about one country. Unpredictable cross-pollination. One evening only. Undocumented.
Most of the world drinks tea. This we have in common. Tea Afar celebrates the richness in cultural differences. Though the ritual may vary, we sit together for a delicious exchange. Daleen ak jàmm, Welcome, Bienvenidos, Ahlan wa sahlan.
"We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate." —Pico Iyer
SENEGAL \\ VIA \\ LOS ANGELES cont'd:
See. Wrestlers bathed in milk
Hear. Female Afro-Pop bassist Maah Keita
Smell. Salt in a pink lake
Taste. Coconut rice pudding
Touch. Traditional textile revival
GRATITUDE to our contributors:
Artistic Director. April Banks
Hosts. Tobin Belzer and Jesse Ruskin
Tea Master. Amadou Dioum
Storytellers. Aisha Mayfield Dioum, Allison Yasukawa
Food Curators. Baye Balla Diouf, April Banks
Music Curator. Jesse Ruskin
Photography. April Banks, Alan Kimara Dixon, Keba Konte
2017: Japan, Morocco, Iran, Ethiopia
April Banks is a conceptual artist, traveler, and intentional in-betweener. Her art shape shifts between photography, installation, writing, and collaborative experiments. Equally addicted as confused, she experiences travel as an existential conundrum, yet can’t seem to stay home.