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April Banks, enjoying tea in a hidden Los Angeles alley. 2017

April Banks, enjoying tea in a hidden Los Angeles alley. 2017

Travel Stories Made with Tea

Art. I am a Los Angeles based conceptual artist, traveler, and the producer of Tea Afar. For over a decade I made art that raised awareness and pointed to the global disparity in food security, farmer's rights and fair trade. I hope that Tea Afar can be a salve, across borders, for all the divisiveness and exploitation that is propagated by a global trade economy. 

Culture. I love to drink tea! It was during a 2004 trip to Mali that I noticed how important it is to Malians to share (three cups of very sweet) tea as a gesture of friendship and welcome. The more I paid attention, the more I noticed how universal this ritual is. The culture of hospitality that tea creates is what I am choosing to celebrate. And we all have stories to tell. 

People. Tea Afar collaborates with an ever-changing team of people who are enthusiastic about breaking down barriers. Every event is unique, undocumented, and curated around one country where I've traveled. All contributors are local with a different cast for each event. I could not do this without the help of many new and regular supporters. For this I am forever grateful and humbled beyond words.

Collaboration. If you want to host Tea Afar in your city, festival or gallery, please send an inquiry through the contact form

Salut!

April Banks