The Going back/Staying North (2021 ongoing) deals with the resourceful plant woad (Isatis tinctoria), which has fallen into oblivion in Europe. The cruciferous plant, which originates from South Asia and from which the dye indigo can be extracted, has demonstrably been cultivated in Europe since ancient times, but was then almost completely displaced from the textile industry by the development of synthetic dye production processes. Going back/Staying North seeks to rehabilitate woad as a resource for the extraction of ecologically degradable dyes, and in doing so also questions the production relationships between Europe and the Global South.
This project was initiated for the group exhibition 'KOLLABORIEREN! Ökologische Strategies in Kunst und Design' curated by Luise von Nobbe at the Neues Kunsthaus in Ahrenshoop.