Benera and Estefan
Perpetual Harvest, 2023
Installation (woven wheat straw*) 
6 objects, 90x15x15 cm each

Essential as it is to human survival, food, but also water, have always been weaponized in almost every conflict. Preventing food or water supplies can cause more significant damage than any bomb or missile.

Inspired by a harvest ritual of wheat weaving, Perpetual Harvest depicts a series of ballistic missiles made from woven wheat straw, thus 
reflecting on the absurdity of war and the pervasive policies of global militarization that affect every aspect of life.

An ancient harvest ritual symbolically weaves together the last stalks of wheat standing in a harvested field. Cut and woven into various shapes, it represents the spirit of the harvest, sheltered in the farmer’s home for winter. When spring comes, the seeds in the weaving are mixed with the springtime planting, thus returning the harvest spirit to the fields. Nowadays, the ritual of wheat weaving is gradually disappearing along with the grain fields, drawing the spirit of the harvest into new configurations.

*the shapes are woven by the artisan Fazakas Angéla, based on our drwawings.