An explorative annual walks on the north coast of Jakarta started in 2018, a densely populated area with some of the world’s most polluted canals and rivers. Due the land subsidence and increased sea level, the area has sunk four meters over the past three decades and is now increasingly exposed to floods that seriously threaten local communities, fishing farms and ports.

In 2019, Ziarah Utara is partly supported by the ANA – Arts Network Asia (www.artsnetworkasia.org), an enabling grant body, set up by a group of independent artists, cultural workers and arts activists from Asia, that encourages collaboration, initiated and sited in Asia and carried out by Asian artists.