Artists Guadalupe Rosales and Hank Willis Thomas are the recipients of this year’s Gordon Parks Foundation fellowships, which are given annually to artists working on themes related to representation and social justice. The foundation based in Pleasantville, New York, is giving the artists $20,000 grants in support of new projects.
Rosales, who appeared on an ARTnews list of Los Angeles–based artists to watch last year, frequently focuses her work on her city’s Latinx and Chicanx communities, and has made a project of archiving photography related to each. Her latest photographic research will be presented by the foundation in July.
Thomas typically creates photo-based works that deal with the connection between image-making and marginalized communities. Past subjects in his work have included the representation of women in advertising over the last century and reproductions of violent images. His latest project, which will involve researching the Gordon Parks archive, will be shown at the foundation in October.
Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., the executive director of the Gordon Parks Foundation, said in a statement, “Both Guadalupe and Hank will engage the visual life of their communities through their work as artists, archivists, and photographers, and will explore completely distinct and individual narratives. Through our fellowship program, we are proud to support them in undertaking critical explorations within their practices, guided by the vision and inspiration of Gordon Parks.”