'In the tropical forest, when a palm becomes diseased, it is burned....'. During a residency in Belize, Central America, Douglas White was haunted by images of these charred figures, seeing echoes of their spectral figures in the strange twisted remains of exploded tyres that littered the country's roadsides. He began collecting these tyres and constructed the first Black Palm in the Belizean jungle, a material stranger in the heart of the natural world.

Subsequent iterations saw White collect and ship the material from Belize to Europe, the narrative becoming a troubling monument to a European colonialism that at once fetishised the exoticism of tropical nature while at the same time using it as a standing reserve for its industry. In 1876 Henry Wickham returned from Brazil with a specimen of the Para Rubber tree, its sap rapidly developing into the worldwide rubber industry. In transforming these tonnes of roadside waste, Black Palm presents us with an image of Man's touch come back to haunt him.