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Stranger Fruit

Jon Henry

Jon Henry

Stranger Fruit was created in response to the senseless murders of Black men across the nation by police violence. Even with smart phones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives are violently cut short short due to unnecessary and excessive police force

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February 10th 2022 | 16:00

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The Artist

Jon Henry's work reflects on family, sociopolitical issues, grief, trauma and healing within the African American community.

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The Story

Stranger Fruit was created in response to the senseless murders of Black men across the nation by police violence. Even with smart phones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives are violently cut short short due to unnecessary and excessive police force.

Who is next? Me? My brother? My friends? How do we protect these men?

Lost in the furor of media coverage, lawsuits, and protests is the plight of the mother. Who, regardless of the legal outcome, must carry on without her child.

I photograph mothers with their sons in their environment, reenacting what it must feel like to endure this pain. The mothers in the photographs have not lost their sons, but understand the reality that this could happen to their family. The mother is also photographed in isolation, reflecting on the absence. When the trials are over, the protesters have gone home and the news cycle has moved on, it is the mothers who are left to mourn, to survive.

The title of the project is a reference to the 1939 song “Strange Fruit.” Instead of Black bodies hanging from the Poplar Tree, these fruits of our families, our communities, are being killed in the street. - Jon Henry

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