Institute of Contemporary Art – ICA will host the performance of the Slovenian visual artist Neja Tomšič, entitled “Tea for Five: The Opium Clippers” at the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” in Cetinje on Wednesday, December 12 at 5pm.
“Tea for Five: The Opium Clippers” is a visual essay joining hand painted ceramics and performance. The central part of the project are five hand painted ceramics tea sets based on traditional Chinese gongfu tea sets. The art work “Tea for Five” takes the form of a happening, a Chinese tea ceremony for five participants during which the artist Neja Tomšič tells (true) stories about forgotten episodes in the story of the China dream that resulted in conflict, colonization, and development of capitalism. As the story of the opium ships unfolds, the tea ritual reveals an understanding of profound consequences of tea and opium trade had on the political world today.
On this occasion, Neja Tomšič will present her art book “Opium Clippers”, for which she recently received the first prize for the best artists’ book at the Ljubljana “Blind Date” Convention in Galerija P74 and the award for the best designed book at the Book Fair in Ljubljana.
Neja Tomšič (1982) is a visual artist, poet and writer whose interdisciplinary practice merges different disciplines and media such as drawing, photography, poetry, performance and music. By uncovering overlooked and often hidden stories from history, her passion is to rethink the dominant historical narratives, researching into particularities, and creating situations that approach histories as maps of starting points and links. By using performative elements her projects explore projections of history into the subjective present of individual visitors. Neja also works as a curator and producer and is a co-founder of MoTA (Museum of Transitory Art), a Ljubljana-based research and production platform devoted to transitory art. She lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The same event will take place at the University of Donja Gorica on Thursday, December 13.