Sleeve (Allie Mae Burroughs).
Silver nitrate, bronze, steel, cast sewn photographs
10 x 4 x 4 inches (23 x 10 x 10cm)
Reparation depicts a series of dresses reconfigured from Walker Evans’ images in the seminal work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Published in 1941, the book, written by James Agee and photographed by Evans, takes as its subject three cotton tenant families from Hale County, Alabama. Reparation focuses on the three mothers, reworking their dresses by stitching photographs of fabric that have been sampled from Evans’ original images.