SHAN Wallace (b. 1991) is an award-winning visual artist, educator and freedom fighter from East Baltimore, MD.
Inspired by the harsh racial, social and economic realities of her surroundings in Baltimore, SHAN learned about the importance of service, the power of collaboration and the effects of social change at an early age. Now, she uses her lens, collage and in situ installations as the basis of her work, demonstrating the cultural and political narratives of black life, confronting oppressive politics and histories within communities of the African diaspora, and challenging ideas surrounding existing collections and archives of Blackness.
SHAN has received recognition from publications like the Baltimore Beat for 'Best Solo Show', the City Paper for 'Best Photographer', and the Association of Health Care Journalists' awarded her '2nd Place - Small Outlet Feature' for her photojournalism piece “Losing Conner’s Mind” in the Atavist Magazine. Her work has received widespread support from publications like The Daily Beast, Essence Magazine, Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore City Paper, The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times.
SHAN's work is in both public and private collections across the US. She has exhibited work internationally in galleries and museums including Okay Space Gallery in New York, NY, We Rise in Los Angeles, CA, Elsewhere museum in Greensboro, NC, the Mariano Arts Center in Havana, Cuba and Maryland’s the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, The Contemporary and Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center.
SHAN Wallace is an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She lives and works in many spaces between Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD.
Dedicated to demonstrating and promoting the value of archiving and photography, and increasing Black visibility, SHAN distributes her photographs internationally. Inspired by the legacy of photo albums, this ongoing project is a grassroots and accessible method of storytelling and archiving, articulating and legitimizing, Black people’s experience. The goal is to provide subjects with physical copies of images of themselves to build or contribute to their own archive and challenging us to consciously or unconsciously enforce new ways of seeing, thinking, and being a part of the African Diaspora.