Kolkata, India

market place, Kolkata

Emei Shan, Sichuan China

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Travelling with Tea, by André Tribbensee

The following presentation is meant to be shown to the people I meet on my journey. Those I have had the pleasure of having tea with.
Sometimes I have photographed these meetings while preparing the tea.
On other occasions, such a tea happening in itself is fragile, beautiful, and more important than producing an image.
My journeys are part of a personal art project which I have been pursuing since 2006 – so far in European, Asian and African countries, in Greenland and at home in Norway.
Along the way I am learning more about the world’s tea traditions and ceremonies, integrating that knowledge into my own performances. My intent is to create social meetings and watch new relations and friendships appear.
Inviting people for tea and sharing it is a great way of communicating across cultural and language barriers. The resulting images are visual manifestations of this. I enjoy showing them to the people I meet on my way and later on to a public audience in exhibitions across the world.
The selection of images you will find here is intended as a greeting to the people I meet while I am travelling.

Please enjoy!
If you like my project, please feel free to contact me or to write a comment below this text.

Best regards from André Tribbensee

Many thanks to all participants, collaborating artists and supporting institutions. TTCP (The Tea Ceremony Project) China 2008 and TTCP Japan 2009 have been kindly subsidised by the cultural departments of the City of Kristiansand and Vest-Agder County, Norway. TTCP Korea 2012 has been subsidised by cultural department of  Kristiansand.
© André Tribbensee 2013. Please do not copy or download any content presented here without my permission.


  1. Hi André,

    my name is Kelly and I am a university student studying Graphic Design. I am currently working on a magazine design based on the tea ceremonies of the world. I stumbled across your blog during my research and thought that your experiences would be a great addition to the magazine. I was wondering how you would feel about me asking you a few questions on your experiences, and this becoming a part of the magazine? As it is a student project it will not go commercial, and will purely be for my study purposes. If you are happy to get in touch with me on this matter, please email me at kezangel89@hotmail.com.

    Thank you for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.


  2. Dear Kelly
    That would be a great pleasure.
    For further appointments please take contact with me via the e-mail address I did send you.
    Best regards

  3. André, dette er herlig! Magiske bilder! Og magiske reiser, vil jeg anta. Peace. Nina

  4. andre leckerebilder braucht leckere zeit,ich hab zeit, prost,isaak

  5. Fantastiske bilder, André! Håper alt står bra til, og at det blir mange flere bilder! Marianne Lange Karlsen

    1. kjempefint Marianne. Haaper det staar til med deg ogsaa. Det har i mellomtiden blıtt noen flere reiser med prosjektet. Hilsen André

  6. Hi Andre,

    Wonderfull to see what you are doing!

    All the luck, Marijtje

  7. Hei :-)
    Finde das Projekt richtig gut :) Ich als Ostrfriesische Teetrinkerin :-)
    Echt super :-)

    LG Ina aus Ostfriesland

    1. Klasse Ina. Komm gerne vorbei wenn Du mal wieder ın Norwegen bist dann probieren wir Tee auf Ostfriesısch. André

  8. Hi André, hier spricht Sahinaz! Falls du dich noch erinnerst! ;)
    Ich bin fasziniert von den Fotos und von deinem Projekt!

    Liebe Grüße aus Hamburg!

    1. Toll von Dır zu hoeren lıebe Sahınaz. Komm doch mal zu Besuch ın Norwegen, dann trınken wır Tee. Gruss von André, ım Moment aus Istanbul.

  9. Hi, Excellent work and research. I will be sure to follow to get the latest info on this subject.

    Things to do in Japan

    1. Thank you very much RubyDee. In case you are from Japan, one of the great tea-countries, I look at your comment as an extraordinary compliment.

  10. Hi André. Really nice website and pictures, I love them !
    It was great to meet you at Bergen. Hope you all the best for the future.
    The two sister and brother French


Søgne, Norway

Naxi Farmer, Yunnan, China

at river Mekong

Kagoshima, Japan

Hamburg, Germany

Beppu, Japan

Tafraoute Morocco

Hachijojima, Japan

Kolkata, India

Darjeeling, India

Hong Kong 2010, Chui´s and Sven´s wedding

Ssang Gye Sa, South- Korea

Nuuk, Greenland 2012

Nuuk, Greenland