Baltimore native SHAN Wallace uses her camera to tell personal, often political, and indelibly poetic stories about her hometown. Her site-specific installation, 410, is on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art beginning March 1 through June 28. Named for the area code that encompasses the city, 410 is conceived as a love letter to the people of Baltimore. Inspired by her observations and experiences traversing the city with camera in hand, SHAN’s photographs capture memories of day-to-day life across generations, families, and neighborhoods. In the following, in her own voice and in her own hand, SHAN shares her memories of the encounters that led to each photograph selected for the exhibition.
SHAN Wallace: 410 is on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art from March 1 to June 28, 2020, in the Museum’s Contemporary Wing. It forms part of the Museum’s 2020 Vision initiative to expand its presentations of female-identifying artists and to more fully and deeply represent the spectrum of individuals who have shaped the trajectory of art. See more on SHAN’s aesthetic and her response to the BMA’s collection at https://stories.artbma.org/drawn-to-shan-wallace/.