Katya Rozanova

I’d like to propose thinking about an intervention for invisibility that gets in the way of collaboration. Perhaps there is a way to start a new tradition, a practice of sitting down together *over tea* with the specific goal of understanding interpersonal context and sharing acknowledgements before beginning a project together. Full transparency is not desirable or possible and I value opacity (Eduard Glissant!) that allows us to remain mysterious full of potential and have leeway to change and surprise others (and ourselves!) but there are some things that can be made known about ourselves to the group without the danger of being reductive or limiting. This new practice can have prompts and be structured, even choreographed like a tea ceremony so that everyone gets a chance to say their piece regardless of the individual’s personality. Makes it easier for those who normally wouldn’t speak up to speak up and also allows space for reflection and open communication.

Katya Rozanova

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