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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Stephen Marc

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Southwest

2015

There have been many photographic explorations about the American state of affairs, but rarely by photographers of color. Following the first decade of the Twenty-first century, and beginning during President Obama’s second term, I am in the early stages of documenting a collective view of America. During what some arguably refer to as the “post-racial era,” it is important for this type of update, especially while contemporary events indicate that while major improvements have been made, much is still unresolved.

As an African American photographer, I am creating from a vantage point that is informed by, and grounded in my experience. But this exploration extends beyond the African diaspora, which was the focus of my previous work. My current interests range from the everyday to special events; how we define ourselves through the diversity of being American. I am addressing how Americans balance their individuality, ethnic culture, and national identity through the use of personal gesture, environmental symbols, social interactions, and historical references.

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