OPENING RECEPTION: September 12, 2018 | 7-9pm
ON VIEW: September 13 - October 28, 2018
Curated by Sol Nova
In response to the endemic murder of African-American men at the hands of authorities, Jon Henry’s photographs turn to the mothers of the communities, to the women who must endure the senseless loss and carry on. His ongoing project, Stranger Fruit, examines the mother-son relationship as a manifestation of the lasting effects of the fear of losing one’s loved ones. Henry photographs mothers alone and holding their son(s) in the classic pietà pose—that of the grieving Virgin Mary cradling the dead Christ—to explore the love, tenderness, and resilience of African-American families in the face of violence and heartbreak. Although the photographs do not document real incidents they evoke the ever-present possibility of loss to police violence. The photographs are shot where the family lives and works, with mothers holding both their young and grown sons, showing the universality of the fear that the women hold: the fear never leaves them and the violence occurs everywhere.
Jon Henry was selected as the 2017 “Best in Show” winner of BRIC’s OPEN (C)ALL: TRUTH exhibition.
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Jon Henry has had solo exhibitions at NURTUREart, Brooklyn, and ShopKeepers Gallery, Washington, DC. His work has been exhibited at BRIC, Red Hook Labs, Ron Taylor Gallery, and Smack Mellon, all Brooklyn; the Rubber Factory, Aperture Foundation, and Mi-5 Gallery, all NY; Waller Gallery, Baltimore, MD; and at Spectrum Art, Miami, FL. Henry was also selected by Smack Mellon for “Hot Picks” 2017. He attended CUNY Queens College and New York Film Academy Photography Program.