University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Past Special Exhibition at the Penn Museum

Contemporary life in Southeast Asia is the subject of this stunning exhibit of 52 black and white photographs by Andrea Baldeck. During 2001 and 2002, Baldeck explored regions of Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Laos. After the war in Vietnam accessibility to these countries declined drastically, and this exhibit provides an opportunity to reconnect with this region of the world.

In Baldeck’s words, “To travel in Southeast Asia is to be humbled by its layers of history and humanity, and by the realization that in a lifetime one could barely scratch the surface of understanding. But what a rich and tantalizing surface!” Using light and shadow, contrast and composition, Baldeck has sought to fix fragments of the surface for the viewer, hoping to reveal a bit of what lies beneath. Baldeck used a 35mm camera and available natural light.

The exhibition is loosely divided into six thematic groupings: Landscapes, Beliefs, Ruins, Peoples, Rhythms, and Black and White. The subjects of the photographs include both the physical environment and the human condition, affording the viewer a rare glimpse of the lifestyles, traditions, religions, and art of the peoples of Southeast Asia.

Andrea Baldeck is a fine art photographer who work has been featured in numerous photographic exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her photographs have also appeared in several books.

A large format hardcover book of 153 tritones, Touching the Mekong, winner of the 2004 AAM design competition, accompanies the exhibit. A related poster is also available.


Currently Available

Gallery Space

Minimum 200 running feet

Venue Period

12 weeks. Every effort will be made to accommodate special requests from borrowers.


52 framed wall-ready photographs measuring 22” x 27”.

Venues may alter the arrangement and number of images they exhibit. Piece labels, section captions, introductory wall panel and map accompany the exhibit. These materials are also provided in disc form.

Public relations material will be provided prior to the opening of the exhibit. A large-format hard cover book and related poster are also available.

Speaker is available on request.


To be arranged by the Penn Museum. Venue is responsible for inbound shipping costs.


Covered by the Penn Museum.


No courier necessary. Qualified staff at borrowing institution will install and deinstall the exhibition.


Facility report must be submitted for review before approval of loan.

Borrowing institutions must complete incoming and outgoing condition reports.

The borrower must adhere to temperature and light controls for this exhibit.


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