Presentations + Workshops

Above photo: I worked with 1500 students at White Bear Lake Area High School, teaching them the various ways I’ve engaged with thousands of strangers. Students then employed a variety of mediums to get to know their fellow students—photography, essays, journalism, poems, ceramics, video, drawing, and chalkboards—to create a school-wide exhibition in their hallways.
Here are some of the students’ reactions to the exhibit:

 

 

PRESENTATIONS
I’ve been photographing the complex cultural realities of American society for 40 years. Although I’ve exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, my best-known projects were public installations that transformed major Twin Cities’ thoroughfares into six-mile galleries, displaying hundreds of photos in windows and sides of buildings, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands and the colliding, evolving American experience.
Almost all the people I’ve photographed are strangers I meet in various ways, often on the street, just walking up to them and introducing myself. Having a camera around my neck gets me out of my personal, cultural, and technological bubble. We take photographs of each other everyday in our minds. How much of what we project onto others is shaped by images from pop culture, rather than direct personal experience?
I’ve given over a thousand presentations to audiences of all kinds—including K-12 classrooms, colleges, museums, non-profits, corporations, and places of worship—showing the ethical, aesthetic, and cultural challenges of photographing the complexities of our diverse society. Many teachers have adopted my interactive photographic processes to build empathetic learning between students.
My artistic process has constantly evolved—from street photography to employing an array of conceptual tools, including wearing other people’s clothes—in a continual effort to close the gap between the photographer, the viewer, and what is viewed. It is difficult, if not impossible to truly eliminate all of our biases we carry in our subconscious. We can only hope to recognize them, which I do constantly when I enter a stranger’s reality and get to know them.
When I tell students that I photograph strangers, most of them (and some teachers) think it’s creepy. Stranger danger! Then I ask, “How many feel you are a stranger to most of the students in your school?” Most shoot their hands up. If we as a society, redefined what a stranger was, we would have more of a society.

 

(I can shape a variety of themes and activities to fit your curriculum or audience, whether it’s a one-time presentation for an hour or multiple sessions. Fees are flexible and accessible.)
CHALK TALK WORKSHOP
After being a documentary photographer for so long I started to think that no matter how good the photograph, it’s still just a surface description. How then can you create a photograph that gives a glimpse of the interior self? I decided to give people chalkboards. Chalk Talk is a process now used in many classrooms, in which participants pair up with someone in the room they don’t know well and have a conversation prompted with open-ended questions such as:
  • “What are you? What do you want to be? How will you get there?”
  • “How do you think others see you? What don’t they see?”
  • “What challenges have you faced? What advice do you have for others?”
This intimate conversation connects people in a real way, getting them out of their cultural bubbles by challenging preconceptions of the other and one’s self. After their conversation they write something that expresses their authentic selves and perspectives. Then they photograph each other with their chalkboards with the goal of creating a photograph that gives meaning to what was written.

 

TESTIMONIALS

The Chalk Talk made me think deeper than I would have any other day. Some of the questions that he asked us were very difficult to answer because we had to look into ourselves more than we are used to doing. We were asked what we thought other people saw in us. I’ve never taken so much time to answer a question like that. Wing Young Huie really opened up my eyes to what we really see when it comes to diversity.

Student
University of Minnesota Rochester

Literally my favorite corps day ever! I felt like I was waking up for the first time. My brain felt alive and on fire. These are issues, thoughts and ideas I have all the time, but I have never heard them spoken to me in the way that Wing said them. He put to words what I think a lot of us feel in this weird time. I think presenters like that are critical to our growing community consciousness and how we situate ourselves within this chaos. I’m lucky because I feel like this experience is helping me refine my skills that I eventually want to strengthen and utilize – speaking, empowering, motivation, facilitating and teaching!

AmeriCorps Member

This was really fun. I got to learn about a new kid that I never talked to. It was a good experience when we talked to each other. I got to say many things I never told anyone. I feel better talking to other people who I don’t know. And I learned not to judge someone base on their actions, the way they dress or act. Because they have probably gone through a lot more than you have.

7th Grader
Twin Cities Middle School

It was an experience I will definitely remember forever! I walked out of C350 feeling like a new person and I looked at everyone I passed in the halls very differently; I looked at them with more respect and with more of a realization that their backgrounds and past totally reflects who they are, what they look like, and how they act, and that they matter in life just as I do and everyone else around me.

Student
St. Louis Park Senior High School

Thanks for providing Dorsey with such a great program. Personally it was my favorite program that I’ve sat through, and I know I’m not alone.

Willis White
Professional Development Coordinator
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

This project was the most unforgettable of my teaching career. The stories the kids told and the critiques they made truly displayed a level of higher thinking and interest that they had not shown to many of their teachers in other classes. It opened their mind’s eye. They began to view the world differently, seeing the ‘perfect shots’ in every day life.

Erin Letts
(former) Teacher
Folwell Middle School

Wing’s presentation is a powerful tool for educators. Participants will recognize and process through their media and ethnocentric driven pre-conceptions of how folks develop racial and cultural identity. Wing has the rare talent of facilitating a major paradigm shift through his non-threatening style of communication and the art of photography.

John Simso
High School Teacher
Roseville, MN
  • SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
  • 2018
  • NEA Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, Issues Conference (Bloomington, MN): Keynote
  • Southwest Minnesota Housing Partership (Slayton, MN)
  • Migration in Comics and other Graphic Narratives, University of MN (Mpls, MN)
  • FotoFocus (Cincinnati, OH): Kennedy Heights Arts Center
  • Naperville Heritage Society (Naperville, IL): ME = WE
  • Penumbra Theatre (Saint Paul, MN): Let’s Talk: My America
  • 2017
  • Trust for Public Land (Mpls, MN): Panel Discussion
  • Macalester College (St. Paul, MN): International Roundtable
  • Association of Midwest Museums (Des Moines, IA): Breakout Session
  • University of Minnesota (Mpls, MN): Keynote for 5000 incoming students for Welcome Week
  • United Theological Seminary (New Brighton, MN): Presentation
  • Young Authors Conference (Arden Hills, MN): Breakout Sessions
  • 2016
  • Americorps (Mpls, MN)
  • Weisman Art Museum (Mpls, MN)
  • Hawaii Tourism Conference (Honolulu, Hawaii): Co-Keynote
  • Gray Plant Mooty (Mpls, MN)
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (Mpls, MN): Chalk Talk
  • Normandale College (Bloomington, MN): Career Panel Discussion
  • 2015
  • Education Minnesota Professional Conference (MN): Keynote
  • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus (St. Paul, MN): Five-day residency with 150 5th graders
  • Franklin Library, Youth Program (Mpls, MN)
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Graduate Seminar (Mpls, MN)
  • Prepare + Prosper (St. Paul, MN): Professional Development
  • MORE Multicultural School for Empowerment (St. Paul, MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Intro to Sociology (Mpls, MN)
  • Edgewood Middle School (Edgewood, MN): One-day residency with 150 6th graders
  • Hand-in-Glove Conference (Mpls, MN): Value of Art, panelist
  • Robbinsdale United Church of Christ (Robbinsdale, MN)
  • Carleton College, Film and Digital Class (Northfield, MN)
  • Urban Arts Academy (Mpls, MN)
  • 2014
  • 8th Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards, Saint Paul Foundation: Keynote
  • Wells Fargo, Central Iowa Diversity Conference: Keynote for 1000 employees
  • Washington County (MN): County employees
  • Roseville School District (MN): Eight week workshop with 1000 6th graders
  • Clark University (Worcester, MA)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore): Curatorial Practice Visiting Lecturer
  • City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (PA): Chalk Talk Photography Workshop
  • Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, OH): Guest Lecture
  • Clark University Studio Art and Higgins School of Humanities (Worcester, MA): What's the Difference: Thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion Conference
 To see more of Wing's photography: www.wingyounghuie.com