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Posted August 26, 2015 in Member News

Ken Marchionno Awarded 2015 SPE Future Focus Project Support Grant

SPE is pleased to announce Ken Marchionno as the newest recipient of the SPE Future Focus Project Support Grant.

Marchionno is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles. His photography, digital works, installations, and videos have been featured in exhibitions and festivals through North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has written criticism for Art Papers and Sajin Yaesul, and his creative writing has been included in literary journals such as Errant Bodies and Framework.

The $5,000 grant recognizes Marchionno's exceptional photographic work and directly supports the creative and professional development of his project, 300 Miles, The Oomaka Tokatakiya. The results of the funded project will be presented at the 2017 SPE National Conference. Funding for this grant is made possible in part by SPE's Future Focus Campaign, representing donations and support from members and friends.

Since 2004, Marchionno has worked with the Lakota tribes of South Dakota beautifully depicting the Oomaka Tokataklya or Future Generations Ride, a 300-mile horseback ride to the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, to—in Marchionno's words—"confront the horrific effects of trans-generational trauma." Rather than valorize this past trauma, his project shows the ways that Lakota youth embrace and maintain their heritage as participants in the Oomaka Tokataklya while also focusing on their present and future through acts of self and community representation through adopting the role of visual griots as students in his photography workshop. This grant will allow Marchionno to continue his work with the Lakota while providing still and motion photography equipment to reservation youth.

Click here to see images from 300 Miles, The Oomaka Tokatakiya.

Many thanks to the jurors from SPE's Awards and Recognition Committee: Bill Gaskins (Chair), Sonseree Gibson, Mark Malloy, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen, and congratulations to Ken Marchionno!

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