When considering a notion like tradition, who decides what is kept and what is swept away?
In Millennial Reaper, artist Loren Kronemyer attempts to make a broom from scratch. With the Naval Store as their workshop, Loren and a team of collaborating artists learn the complete art of broom-making, a tradition that crosses continents and timelines.
Across the three weeks of the Fremantle Biennale, this living installation invites you to witness and participate in the transformation of matter through sowing, reaping, baling, stitching and sweeping.
Where does a broom begin? It begins in bale of millet that becomes the broom, in the cultivated, globally traded grain that becomes the bale, and in the stolen, stripped, and economised land that becomes the grain. In the hands of different users, the broom has equal potential to uncover, rearrange, obscure or destroy.
By following the journey from raw material to finished object, audiences are invited to uncover the complex international, intergenerational and interspecies echoes that live inside everyday things.
Scenographer: Rachael Guinness
Creative Consultant: Cassie Lynch
Aisyah Aaqil Sumito
Millennial Reaper has been developed on the land of the Palawa people in Lutruwita / Tasmania, on the lands of the Wiradjuri, Wolgalu and Ngunnawal Aboriginal people in New South Wales, and on the lands of The Njaki Njaki and Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation in Western Australia.