Friday, 9 October 2020

Stranger Fruit, by Jon Henry

Jon Henry's "Stranger Fruit" series is named after Billie Holiday's song and a reaction to the murders of black men in the U.S. In his series, mothers pose with their sons "in a manner that evokes the Madonna and child" (via).

“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 gone, it is the mother left. Left to mourn, to survive.”
Jon Henry

photographs via