Jumping the Broom (2012)

Jumping the Broom (2012)

Project in the public realm.

Projection and Sculpture.

Exhibited in both ‘Time Space Place‘ and ‘Between History and Memory‘ in York.

The work deals with the difficulty of exhibiting in the public realm, outside of the hallowed white cube gallery space. It consists of both the sculptural projection of a broom-jumping video onto books and a broom, and also a broom made of bible material displayed in the doorway of the desanctified church, St Mary’s.

Jumping the Broom deals with the shared history of this uncommon wedding tradition held by both the Caribbean and other African diasporas and Britain. It brings to mind the colonial ties between the two countries, and how certain practices become understood as ‘tradition’ though they come from very different origins.