In my work I look at different aspects of community, identity, and memory. With this series, I am examining this is through an individual’s housing from a social as well as geographical point of view. Taking two individuals, Mike and Colleen, and photographing their structural history, I am interested in how people often make assumptions about an individual based on location of their home. Starting with the homes that they occupied as children, and continuing through to the architectural structure they currently live in, every property has been documented in its current state. By tracing their geographic history, I am investigating how their identity has been shaped through their relationship with the dwelling and the surrounding community.
In presenting these images along with personal text from Mike and Colleen, it examines both the public and private elements of an individual within a community. Location and how the structure appears allow an immediate idea of the people that occupy the space and the community that it is a part of. The text then brings in another aspect, showing how impressions and judgments often change once familiarity is established. This allows an idea of who these people are to be formed. Following two particular people, it is interesting to see what influenced them in their lives and lead them to their current home. An important question that this raises is how do people arrive in the present and what values, attitudes, and mindsets follow them throughout their lives?
Kerry Kolenut was born in New Jersey. She received her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2009 and her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. Kerry has taught photography and design in various undergraduate programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and China. Drawing inspiration from where she grew up, her work is photo based and focuses on themes relating to identities, structures, and memories within different types of communities.