Installation: Investigations 19: Elaine Reichek, 1986, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (top)

Elaine Reicheck, Apache, 1985, Knitted wool yarn, painted wood and fabric, and oil on gelatin silver print, Overall 68 in x 6 ft 3 in (bottom)

Further Information: Dwellings consists of large, hand-colored photographs of shelters from tribal cultures around the world paired with three-dimensional hand-knitted replicas at the same scale, with added details. Each replica—hung upside down on a peg, collapsed and inverted—abstracts the textural and structural elements of the dwelling from which it is derived. Dwellings is the first of several projects dealing specifically with ethnographic photography from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I researched and purchased copies of these images from various institutions in the United States and in Europe. What attracted me to them was mainly the fact that I was suspicious of them.

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