ALBERTO ORTEGA-TREJO

Artist and designer based in Chicago. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow (Anti Racism and Global Architecture History)

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manifesTEA
A platform for random encounters
An installation about other speeds and rythms for protest and dialogue

What kind of conversations are triggered around a warm and free cup of tea? A product troubling by its colonial traces. manifesTEA was a temporary installation at the Chicago Design Museum that questions interactions and typologies. (The Chicago Design Museum is located at Block37, a commercial space directly connected with the CTA trains in the lower level of the building) A free cup of tea is offered in this money-speed driven space. The visitors are asked nothing but its suggested that they leave a message along with their tea-bag as a memory of their presence and to share what kind of struggles concern them.


in collaboration with: Martha Poggioli, Sonia Cheng, Thomas Kong, Ellie Tse, Rachel Wang, Celine Setiadi and Sampson Wong.