The Black Mary Exhibit is a photojournalism exhibit from mother-daughter duo Kanika and Renata Sago. Its vision is to amplify the narratives of individuals of all ages overcoming the systemic obstacles of underemployment, joblessness,  homelessness, incarceration, and mental health issues. The project re-imagines Mary Poppins—the popular British nanny of the early 1900s—as a modern-day Black woman invoking joy and power in marginalized communities across the United States. The exhibit features original images taken in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and Orlando. In February 2020, the exhibit debuted as a five-week exhibit in Orlando. In April, the exhibit joined the 11th Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival, virtually online. The Black Mary Exhibit features an ongoing community-wide conversation about hope, power, and celebration of our shared humanity and progress. For inquiries about receiving the exhibit at your institution, contact Renata Sago.

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