ARTIST TALK & OPENING RECEPTION: Stranger Fruit: Works by Jon Henry

18jan6:00 pmARTIST TALK & OPENING RECEPTION: Stranger Fruit: Works by Jon Henry

Event Details

Please join us for an in-person artist talk with Jon Henry on Thursday, January 18th at 6pm with an artist reception to follow.

Free w/ RSVP.

Jon Henry is a visual artist working with photography and text, from Queens NY (resides in Brooklyn). His work reflects on family, socio political issues, grief, trauma and healing within the African American community. His work has been published both nationally and internationally and exhibited in numerous galleries including Aperture Foundation, Smack Mellon, and BRIC, among others. Known foremost for the cultural activism in his work, his projects include studies of athletes from different sports and their representations.

Jon was recently named one of The 30 New and Emerging Photographers for 2022, TIME Magazine NEXT100 for 2021, and included in the Inaugural 2021 Silver List. He recently was awarded the Arnold Newman Grant for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture in 2020, an En Foco Fellow, one of LensCulture’s Emerging Artists and has also won the Film Photo Prize for Continuing Film Project sponsored by Kodak.

STRANGER FRUITWork by Jon Henry is on view in the PCNW Gallery: January 11 – March 10, 2024

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 get cut short due to unnecessary and excessive violence.

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 set out to 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 cameras are gone, it is the mother left. Left to mourn, to survive.

The title of the project is a reference to the 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.

Stranger Fruit has recently been released as a monograph through Monolith Editions/Kris Graves Projects. Copies of Stranger Fruit will be available for purchase at PCNW.

Image credit: Jon Henry, Untitled 55, Little Rock, AR


January 18, 2024 6:00 pm(GMT-07:00)