Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We return to EXPO CHICAGO to host the Tea Project, an interactive installation and performance that reflects human rights violations from the “Global War on Terror.” 

During the last 15 years, the United States imprisoned at least 780 Muslim men, nearly all without charge, at Guantanamo Bay in violation of international law. The Tea Project translates the numbers in a compelling manner: an archive of 780 porcelain cast Styrofoam teacups, one for each man detained at Guantanamo. The archive is inspired by Styrofoam cups used at Guantanamo, decorated with flowers by detainees—and when decorated, confiscated by guards.

Tea will be served daily in the booth.


Join Human Rights Watch for a performance and discussion in conjunction with the Tea Project installation in EXPO CHICAGO that explores war, detention, love, and tea. Tea Project performances utilizes the space created when someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea to ask questions about one's relationship to the world: a world filled with war and dehumanization; a world filled with beauty and love.

Performances are limited to 25 people. Please RSVP at one of the link below.


The performance is approximately 90 minutes long. During the performance guests will be invited to site on the floor. Chairs will be available for accessibility. Doors close shortly after the listed performance time.


Handicap accessible entrance to Weinberg/Newton Gallery is located at 730 N. Franklin Street, call the gallery upon arrival 312-529-5090.


For more information about the EXPO CHICAGO instillation or the Tea Project performance at EXPO contact Rachel at

For more information about the Tea Project performance at Weinberg/Newton Gallery contact Nabiha at