Image: Loren Kronemyer, Mangle, Tangle, Strangle, Dangle V, 2017, stone fragment, rope, iPhone, solar panel, digital video

Around the world thousands of people are steadfastly preparing for the end of civilisation as we know it. Doomsday preppers, as they’re known, are a manifestation of widespread cultural anxieties which permeate modern society.

Today catastrophe looms on many fronts – we see environmental collapse, disruptive technologies, rising political nativism and global financial uncertainty. While established political systems fail to address these challenges, preppers are hard at work preparing for the worst. They hoard food and weapons, develop extreme survival skills, and practise violent tactical responses to attack and threat. Preppers examines this global subculture and its distinct aesthetics, jargon and apocalyptic fantasies. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, video and hanging works by five artists mutually fascinated by the prepper lifestyle: Tiyan Baker (NSW), Guy Louden (WA/NSW), Loren Kronemyer (USA/TAS), Dan McCabe (WA) and Thomas Yeomans (UK).

The exhibition is the fourth and ultimate instalment of the Preppers project, which has been exhibited in different variations in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth since 2017.