cha: teahouse culture in china
photographs by andrew binkley
12 feb - 15 march 2015
just as tea has been a drink for, emperors and all classes of people from ancient times til now, so has the teahouse been a place for all people. from the solitary hermitage to the social gathering places of the rich and poor, teahouses have acted as a bridge into the cultures of the far east. they are gateways into philosophy, history and traditions, health, political and social interaction, and all of the arts from the visual to the written and performing arts. In essence, teahouses have been bridges between people, connecting hearts and minds.
andrew binkley is an american photographer and artist based in hawaiʻi whose deep resonance with asian culture and philosophy has been a driving force throughout most of his life.