Roots: A Tea Party at Deptford
An interactive performance that acts as workshop, installation, and discussion, rooted in the collective postcolonial experience and diaspora.
A Tea Party takes the mutable form of a performance event, a workshop, and an installation, that changes with its viewership. With an emphasis on process and embracing a strong, theoretical backbone, A Tea Party invites visitors to participate in collective conversation about ideas surrounding diaspora – what does it mean to be away from home?
Unamed Collective features Henri Affandi, Nurin Tengku, Jordan Chan, Alya Hatta, Yasmine Aminanda, and Vicky Kosasie.
Curated by Henri Affandi
Thanks to Jess Slater and the Deptford X Festival team for organising the festival; Alya Hatta, Yasmine Aminanda, Tengku Nurin, Jordan Chan, and Vicky Kosasie for making this performance happen; Deptford’s very own Omed and Zahra Fabrics for providing the textiles for the Roots installation.
Installation: Viewable from Sun 18, 24/7
Tea Party: 22 Sep, 4 – 6pm
Previously, Unamed Collective hosted A Tea Party at Huxley-Parlour Gallery’s basement space. The event took place during the Queen’s Jubilee, a commentary on the appropriation of tea culture by the British Empire whilst POC communities are neglected and ignored. On the Queen’s Funeral (19 September), Tea Party returns in a festival celebrating Deptford’s rich history and relationship with migrants who made the borough their home. A Tea Party celebrates the people of Deptford’s roots, heritage, and cooperation between one another as we manoeuvre through British society.
Unamed will host the event, serving various types of tea to the public and engaging the visitors in conversations over the duration of the event. Visitors are encouraged to bring their favourite pack of tea as a form of tea exchange.