CHROMOSOME21 - Defying Prejudice. Is a collection of 6 images on display at The Junkyard photographed and produced in 2012/13 by The Junkyards very own Kayla Wren. The work hopes to dispel preconceived prejudices people may have with regard to individuals with Down's syndrome. Having grown up as an only child, the excitement a 12 year old Kayla endured when told her mother was to expect a baby was palpable, that joy and excitement is still present to this very day, "Never did it occured to me that my brother, who just so happens to have Down's syndrome was any less a human, any less capable or any less as special than any other. In fact this little boy (seen here in the image of the crying boy) since the day of his birth has brought nothing but happiness and pride to all who know him".
People with Down's syndrome are often misrepresented in the media or often not represented at all. It is this that lead Kayla to embark on a project that is to this day still her favourite set of images.
The idea, to recreate famous imagery using only models with Down's syndrome , in the hope it may make people think twice before making assumptions or negative judgements.
TO RAISE AWARENESS AND DISPELL PREJUDICE
Emma & Andrew as Grant Wood's American Gothic
Fiona as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
Andrew as René Magritte's Son of Man
Lauren as Johannes Vermeer's the Girl with the pearl earring
Nathan as Bruno Amadio's crying boy
Guy as Van Gogh's self portrait
If you are interested in exhibiting 'Chromosome21 - Defying Prejudice"
or any of Kayla's other work please email email@example.com