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Photographer $han Wallace takes The Roll Up CLT residency
Lens turns to recording, teaching in Charlotte
 
Published Sunday, May 12, 2019 5:29 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

“Sisters With Stories,” which highlights women of color, throughout her stay in Charlotte. Additionally, she’ll include portrait sessions throughout her stay at the Beatties Ford Road Library, as well as a portrait session at the YWCA. Photo subjects will later receive a copy of their portrait.


“$han got to come out in December,” The Roll Up CLT founder and director Jessica Moss said. “It’s great, because now so many of those relationships are continued relationships, rather than first-time meeting each other.”


Said Wallace: “A lot of the people who I met were really kind, and really great, and had that Southern hospitality thing going on. You can get used to it. It’s really nice. It’s really welcoming. It’s really warm.”


Wallace has only been in Charlotte for a couple of days, trying to unpack, navigate Charlotte’s ever-changing road names. Yet this is not her first time in the Queen City. The Bowie State University alumna played in the CIAA basketball tournament when Spectrum Center was still Time Warner Cable Arena, and BB&T Ballpark did not yet exist.


“[In] 2012, I believe, I played in the CIAA tournament,” Wallace said. “I went to Bowie State, so I came here for CI, and I met [former first lady] Michelle Obama here. I had a really great conversation with her. She was promoting Get Fit, and it took place during halftime or after a game at CI. We lost, but she came and talked to us. I took the leap, and was asking her questions. We talked about basketball, and if her daughters liked basketball, and we talked about Barack, and how he’s nice. It was a great conversation. She was really nice.”


Wallace associated that memory with Charlotte.


“Now it’s a different ballgame,” she said. “I’m here as an artist. I’m a resident, and I’m meeting different people.”


Living in Charlotte now offers a chance to win a different kind of championship, where the prize is the people.

“I’m looking to take Charlotte with me wherever I go,” Wallace said.

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