Christine Kermaire’s Schengen’s Kit

Special Collections has recently acquired an artist book created by Christine Kermaire.

Schengen’s Kit: Rules and advices for survival of refugees at sea was inspired by Kermaire’s experiences while on a boat in Greece during the summer and fall of 2015.

Art books challenge our notion of what constitutes a book, and Kermaire’s piece is no different. It consists of a black garment bag, meant to represent a body bag, and includes 8 laminated sheets of instructions on how to survive as a refugee traveling by boat. The bag itself includes fabric flowers stitched along the top.

Our department has other materials from Kermaire as well, namely:

  • Memory of Al-Mutanabbi Street
  • Expurgated
  • Strokephone

About Melissa Kunz

Melissa Kunz is a Special Collections Librarian. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas.
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