Tea Time Folio: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV

Anthea Black, EAT ME DRINK ME TAKE TEA WITH ME, 2014,  silkscreen on book paper, edition of 20.

Anthea Black, EAT ME DRINK ME TAKE TEA WITH ME, 2014, silkscreen on book paper, edition of 20.

The Tea Time Folio is a series of limited edition prints by Anthea Black, Jessica MacCormack, and Johnny Nawrajac produced for Jessica Whitbread’s book Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV.

Produced by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread.

Printed by Nicholas Shick and Anthea Black.

Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV began as Jessica Whitbread’s master’s thesis. She was interested in finding a way to build the fragmented and disconnected network of women living with HIV in Canada through a community-based research project that brought women living with HIV together using the Tea Time method. The project was designed to highlight the health needs of women living with HIV in a North American context, as well as to explore the application of the Tea Time method as a community-building tool. After the original research phase was complete, Tea Time has shifted to be a community arts project and has expanded globally.

Through this work Jessica has hosted tea parties with over 64 women living with HIV. Each woman’s (including Jessica) participation was documented through a personal letter and teacup that has been photographed. The Tea Time book is a collection of the photos as well as an introduction to the Tea Time method and Jessica’s personal and academic insight into the project. Says Whitbread: “Tea Time became a personal journey to discover my own understanding of HIV in relation to gender. Each woman’s story is rooted in her own individual experience. This is mine. Similar to the many conversations that were had during Tea Time, these pages offer glimpses of the complicated thought process of living with HIV. You will read about some of these thoughts in the letters that were shared by the women who attended.”

The book is a 194-page, hard cover coffee table book, limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies.

As a queer woman living with HIV, Jessica Whitbread explores her own sexuality and curiosity, often in public places, in hopes of making it easier for others to do the same. Jessica has a masters from York University in Building Communities to Ignite Social Change which she does through Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV, No Pants No Problem events, and POSTER/virus project with AIDS ACTION NOW!.

TEA TIME limited edition book covers by Jessica MacCormack, Johnny Forever and Anthea Black at Toronto Launch

TEA TIME limited edition book covers by Jessica MacCormack, Johnny Forever and Anthea Black (l to r) at Toronto Launch, February 2014.

About anthea black

Artist, writer, cultural worker.