My mother doesn’t drink tea anymore

My mother doesn’t drink tea anymore, 2016
Installation and interactive performance
Duration: Variable.

My mother doesn’t drink tea anymore was first shown and performed at Hamilton Artists Inc.’s Cannon Gallery between February and March 2016. The installation is comprised of several Persian rugs and kilims set on the gallery floor, a samavar, teapot, glassware, and sweets such as raisins, dates, and sugar cubes. A samavar (the large silver object in the image), is a kitchen appliance used to prepare tea in Iranian households. I performed with the work for a total of 15 hours during throughout the exhibition, inviting gallery goers to sit down on the floor and have tea with me.

Below is video documentation of the performance in its second iteration, at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Scarborough, ON. Click HERE to view it directly on my vimeo.