House without windows, home of sharecropper cut-over farmers, Mississippi Bottoms, Missouri.
Black and white gelatin silver photograph
12 x 16 inches (30.48 x 40.64cm)
Resettlement focuses on the provisional structures inhabited by the migrant workers of the 1930’s Great Depression. Using the Farm Security Administration catalogue as source material, I have deconstructed and subsequently reconstructed the vernacular architecture depicted in the original image to form a three-dimensional model of these temporary settlements. Originally titled the Resettlement Administration, the U.S. government photography project forms an extensive record of American life between 1935 and 1944 and was established in an effort to gain support for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program. The FSA Photography Unit incorporated the work of several photographers including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn, who developed a vast visual archive that continues to define and inform documentary photography. Resettlement translates these images through several forms, from a digital file, to a three-dimensional object, before finally collapsing into a photograph. These fragile and temporary structures endure as a result of documentation rather than their physical and structural integrity.