Melissa Kreider is an professional photographer, teacher, traveler and MFA Candidate at the University of Iowa. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Akron. Melissa’s work examines sites of sexual violence against women and how the justice system archives these reports as well as the evidence that is collected. She reads more books then she should and owns a cat named Valentino, who has thumbs.
In Her Own Home is a documentary-style project in which I phonograph the sites from which survivors of domestic and sexual violence have emerged to iwestigate a landscape where violence is omnipresent I collect and travel to the addresses that have been reported as sites for abuse by excavat’ng national police logs both onl’ne or through ptblic records recpests The mundane nature of the scenes is disquieting to the viewer and myself as I’ve found the locations unsettlineg ordinary.
In truth, these instances of violence are not isolated to “bad neighborhoods’ or remote areas Domestic and sexual abuse happens in suburban homes, humble apartment complexes, public spaces, on your street—everyMiere. The events that male these places unique have not altered the landscape in any way, but represent lives that have been affected forever.