DOSA – 'Tea'


Tea. As good a symbol for British national identity as any, and yet it’s not even “from here”. Gently caffeinated, brewed languidly on the side while we do the crossword - it’s everything its high powered, shrieking cousin coffee is not. We’ve fought wars over tea, launched political movements, imported it cheerfully from overseas for centuries. When the going gets tough “putting the kettle on” is the national response.

In this playful piece, London artist Dosa explores our national identity through the medium of our national drink. Can the stoic, sensible teapot be a symbol for “us” as opposed to “them”? And if so, what’s happened to its gentle, sociable nature in the current public mood? In our fervour to defend our values above all else, have we let go of the values themselves?

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