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Stephen Marc
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

As an African American documentary photographer, digital montage artist, and educator, I am creating an extensive photographic survey that explores American identity, connections to place, and the conundrums of coexistence. Within the past fifteen months, the events that I have photographed include: the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse Grounds in Columbia, SC, and the Black Educators and KKK rallies the following week; the 150th Juneteenth Anniversary in Galveston, TX; the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the “Bloody Sunday” Selma March; the Super Sunday Parade of the Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans, LA; and in southern Arizona, which prior to statehood was officially a US Territory that was a region of the Confederate States of America. The portion of my work, interpreting the South, is an updated critical response to the seminal photographic projects of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Garry Winogrand, who all had East Coast ties.

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