A Blue Alchemy
A Blue Alchemy is an ongoing investigation that aims to question the relationship between the color blue and imperialism as well as its implication in the processes of occidental’s expansion. Although blue is present in natural elements such as the sea and the sky, the color has considered a second-rate color in the West for so long and it has taken humanity many years to learn how to reproduce and use it. However in the second half of the eighteenth century, the Royal Navy sailed the world in service of the expansion and enforcement of the British Empire. Its officers were dressed up in a deep blue, now known as navy blue. The rich color which came from the indigo plant, Indigofera tinctoria and it was native to India it was available to the British soon after they had colonized the country. The series, by means of photographs, archival material and sculpture want to explore how the indigo dye that created the Royal Navy’s signature uniform color was only possible because of imperialism and slavery.