Kristin Merola - Binder
Kristin Merola - Binder
Kristin Merola - Binder
Used with the permission of Vamp & Tramp.

Kristin Merola. Binder.
(Tallahassee, FL: Small Craft Advisory Press at Florida State University. 2010.) Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Binder is a reflection on the evolution of the paper family photograph archive. Artists Kris Merola and Tate Shaw created a virtual family photograph archive and framed it within a fictional scholarly package complete with fictional works cited page and printed page turns. The pages are contained within a binder, allowing for the possibility of reordering by the viewer. The photographs depict the artist's close circle of friends. The binder family references groups within communities of people that move away from their birthplaces and create familial-like connections and relationships based on work, location, vocation, and geographical proximity. The creation of this artificial archive of family photographs highlights the transitions we might experience today in what constitutes family history and collective experiences and how they have been stored in the past and will be in the future.

This work is an actual three-ring binder holding 24 unnumbered loose-leaf pages on heavy paper, containing an arrangement of texts and photographic images. In the front a pocket contains a separate multi-folded paper construction.