2nd Ghetto Biennale 2011
is a project by Tracey Moberly
for the ghetto Biennale
Boston Massachusetts 2011, I guide a group of people to The Green Dragon Bar. In my bag I'm carrying a tea caddie emblazoned with a photo of newly weds William and Catherine the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a teapot. Reaching the Green Dragon Bar we all enter inside where I hand out cups of tea to my colleagues and to everyone else in the bar ... Symbolically I reclaim the Boston Tea Party on the very spot where it was planned and played a key role in the lead up to the American Revolution of Independence. The Declaration on 4th July 1776 asserted 'that all wo/men are created equal' with certain inalienable rights - amongst these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Following this symbolic Boston performance I initiate 10 socio-political tea parties across the globe the first of which was held in Haiti as part of the Second Ghetto Biennale in Port-Au-Prince.
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti 2011, I gather a group of artists around a table in an empty swimming pool of a hotel. The swimming pool had been half destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. The newer anti seismic built exterior and half of the hotel had remained intact. Inside the swimming pool tea from the caddie and light refreshments are served on a table covered with a blank canvas cloth scattered with marker pens and the camera is rolling. The guests are invited to air their view points on their vision of the city as members of the Ghetto Biennale, discussing social and political aspects of the country - post earthquake - on this years Biennale theme 'From the Local to the Global.' As people speak on the topics they sketch or write corresponding statements on the cloth. When the Tea Party ends the statements and sketches are embroidered and the cloth dyed. This cloth is then laid and used as the catalyst for debate in the following tea party ...
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