Ilana Harris-Babou subverts the visual idioms of advertising and other aspirational media in this series to address issues of race and power. To interrogate the ideology of the everyday, she imagines a luxury home goods store cheekily-named store Reparation Hardware. With a deadpan sense of humor, Harris-Babou appropriates the form of otherwise banal furniture ads to get at the underbelly of consumerist logic, refracting our capitalistic cravings to expose the American shopper’s psyche.
Furniture restoration tutorial and a proposal for the delivery of reparations to African-Americans.
Tracing the racist legacy of land ownership.
An exploration of personal and collective histories and the ways design shapes our lives.