Chalk Talk Kenosha: A Community Art Project

Inspired by the photography of Wing Young Huie

April 28-May 28, 2012

Exhibition in the Windows of Downtown Kenosha and The Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities at UW-Parkside

Artist Wing Young Huie developed the following open-ended questions to make “chalk talk” photographs, and during his residency last fall at UW-Parkside he conducted “chalk talk” workshops and shared his art with Kenosha area art students and art teachers.

  • What are you?
  • How do you think others see you? What don’t they see?
  • What advice would you give to a stranger?
  • What is your favorite word?
  • Describe an incident that changed you.
  • How have you been affected by race?

“Chalk Talk Kenosha: A Community Art Project” is made up of photographs taken by students from Tremper High School, Bradford High School and Harborside Academy using Huie’s “chalk talk technique” together with photographs taken by the artist and others at “chalk talk” workshops hosted by the Boys and Girls Club Kenosha, UW-Parkside, and Kenosha Literacy Council.

The messages in these photographs are poetic and philosophical. Sometimes they are funny. What is important about “chalk talk” photographs is that the people in the images tell us about themselves.And because they speak to us, we are less likely to create our own—perhaps mistaken—narratives about them. How would you answer these questions?

Project organized by ExposeKenosha and UW-Parkside Gallery