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The West Fargo Public Library “Encore Art Exhibit” series continues this winter season with Working Land, photography by Jon Solinger. Working Land refers to two facets of rural landscape: the idea of working the land as a vocation and as a description of productive ground. The photography focuses on six family farms in Otter Tail County, Minnesota and the people rooted to these places.
Solinger describes Working Land:
This project involves rural workplaces in my Otter Tail County, Minnesota neighborhood. It is about people’s attachment to a place through their work; how human labor transforms a particular piece of land, and in turn, the land shapes the life of the worker. I work close to home, making it realistic to spend enough time — sometimes during multiple visits — to get past the superficial. Portraits of people and workspaces, as well as landscape images depict the integration of work and land in rural life.
Although my intent remains primarily artistic, there is also a documentary component to these photographs of my neighbors. The project has a deeper relevance, capturing a time, place and lifestyle for future generations.
Working Land will be on view at the West Fargo Public Library January 15 - April 16. For more information about this exhibit, contact Sara Engler, Access Services Librarian, at 701-551-8949.
Learn more about Jon Solinger and Working Land.
This exhibit is funded by The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.