Opium Clippers

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Visual essay

Tea for Five: Opium Clippers is a visual essay joining the history of ownership, sea routes and events connected to the opium clippers and how the trade of ‘exotic goods’ facilitated the historical and cultural flourishing of American and British cities.

Tea for Five: Opium Clippers is a visual essay merging hand painted ceramics and a tea ritual. The central part of the project are five hand painted ceramic tea sets based on traditional Chinese gongfu tea sets. The work Tea for Five, though, takes the form of a happening, a Chinese tea ceremony, during which Neja Tomšič tells stories about forgotten episodes in the story of the Chinese dream that resulted in conflict and colonisation. As the story of the opium clippers unfolds, the tea ritual reveals an understanding of the profound consequences that the tea and opium trade had on the political world today.

Neja Tomšič (1982) is a visual artist, poet and writer whose interdisciplinary practice joins research, drawing, storytelling and performance. She also works as a curator and producer. She is a co-founder of the production and research platform MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art and a member of the Nonument Group. She lives and works in Ljubljana.

In cooperation with Summer Puppet Pier Festival.


According to government regulations, participation in cultural events is permitted to persons with a negative test for COVID-19, fully vaccinated persons, or persons who have recovered from COVID-19. This rule does not apply to children.

We must follow the recommendations regarding the maintenance of interpersonal distancing, proper wearing of masks, hand and cough hygiene.


Concept, painting and performance: Neja Tomšič
Cheramics: Anja Slapničar
Music: Gašper Torkar
Produced by: Glej Theatre and Neja Tomšič
Produced by: MoTa until 2018
Thanks to: Zisha – čajna hiša

City: Maribor
Duration: 90 minutes
On the programme:
19 August 2021 at 5:00 pm
Knjižnica GT22
19 August 2021 at 8:00 pm
Knjižnica GT22