Thomson Reuters Airport Mall Gallery
June 13, 2020 - Jan 15, 2021
The Unchosen Ones takes place on the sidelines of county fair animal contests in Minnesota. One isn't born a winner or loser, but a chooser. This theme is explored in this series. As we look at them, they look back, allowing us to think about how we choose winners and the repercussions for the ones not chosen. The project consists of over 65 portraits made at 10 Minnesota county fairs in 2016. The photographs showcase the subject facing the camera, allowing the viewer to decide what connects and distinguishes these subjects.
Installation photos by RJ Kern.
R. J. Kern is a fiscal year 2016, 2018 and 2020 recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.