Last night, Fotografiska New York hosted an evening of live musical performance by Shantell Martin and a fireside conversation with founder and editor-in-chief of Gallery Gurls, Jasmin Hernandez. Following the talk, Martin signed copies of her first published monograph book ‘Lines’ with HENI, and Hernandez signed copies of her book ‘We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming The Art World’, which are now available for purchase at the Fotografiska New York bookstore.

The groundbreaking multimedia artist Shantell Martin is known for her signature black and white drawings exploring themes such as intersectionality, identity, and play. Martin began creating music privately over a decade ago. Her music follows the same spontaneous and intuitive flow that she has mastered with her bold lines. Her practice in sound embodies a conversation that is at the intersection of music and movement, wordplay and storytelling, social commentary, and the willful ignorance of traditional modalities of the medium. It lives in the moment of discovery and surrender, of curiosity, and leads the audience to a landscape of sonic liberty.

Shantell Martin: “Super excited for this performance, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a live show in NYC, especially of this kind. I’m thrilled to collaborate with Jasmin and I’m looking forward to our conversation. It’s always a great feeling bringing friends and fam together in one room,” 

Jasmin Hernandez: “I’m excited to host a fireside chat with Shantell Martin to discuss her incredible and prolific artist career and her new soul-stirring installation at the museum. I’ve been emotionally connected to Martin’s work for close to a decade now, and it’s a privilege to unpack her rich and expansive artistry.”

Wendi Weinman, Director of Programming at Fotografiska New York: “It’s a great honor for the museum to present Shantell on the MainStage to our community. The 6th floor loft allows artists the space to present themselves through music, film, dance and more”.  

About Shantell Martin

Shantell’s art is exhibited and sought after by many top museums, galleries, and art spaces such as the Whitney Museum Shop in NYC; the Oculus, World Trade Center, NYC; Governor’s Island, NYC; Denver Museum of Art and a collaboration with the Pulitzer-Prize winning musician Kendrick Lamar. She has worked with brands as varied as Google Creative Labs, The North Face, and B&B Italia

About Fotografiska New York

Fotografiska New York is a museum experience for the modern world. Founded in Stockholm in 2010, Fotografiska New York is a destination to discover world-class photography, eclectic programming, elevated dining and surprising new perspectives. Guided by a mission to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography, Fotografiska New York produces dynamic and unparalleled rotating exhibitions, spanning various photographic genres, in inclusive and immersive environments. With a dedicated international community and locations in Stockholm, New York City, and Tallinn, Fotografiska New York is the premier global gathering place for photography and culture.

About Gallery Gurls

Jasmin Hernandez (she/her) is the Black Latinx founder and editor in chief of Gallery Gurls, a non-elitist digital platform highlighting Black and POC changemakers in contemporary art. Founded in 2012, Gallery Gurls has been funded by the Awesome Foundation, has partnered with Vanity Fair, Dior, and Artsy, and has been recognized in Vogue, Artnet, and more. Hernandez is the debut author of We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World, (Abrams, 2021), which continues Gallery Gurls’ ethos for Black and POC artists and art workers in book form. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, Bustle, Elle, CNN Style, Sotheby’s and more. She is a lifelong New Yorker born to Dominican parents, based in Harlem.