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︎CCCADI Virtual Conversation with Jon Henry and Qiana Mestrich 

Watch the replay of this 2021 virtual conversation between Jon Henry and Qiana Mestrich, part of On Protest and Mourning (March 15 - June 30, 2021), CCCADI’s first ever digital exhibition and dialogue series curated by Grace Aneiza Ali. 

In our conversation, Henry speaks about his series Stranger Fruit, an ongoing body of work centering Black mothers in classical pietà poses with their sons. Henry began the series in 2014—the year we lost Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police. “I set out to photograph mothers with their sons in their environment, reenacting what it must feel like to endure this pain,” says Henry. 

In 2020, I talked to Photograph’s Jean Dykstra about Henry’s Stranger Fruit series.

Special guest Monifa Bandele, who has worked with MomsRising to advocate for economic security and justice for mothers, women, and families, offers brief opening remarks.