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Warm Water: New Works from Charles Williams

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Warm Water is a collection of re-narrated visual works based on the event that sparked the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. These works unfold the story involving five Black teens, and what reportedly caused the death of Eugene Williams in Lake Michigan on the South Side of Chicago.The works document and shed light on the marginalizing oppositions the teens faced during the fragile height of racial socio-political conditions nationwide. This day, July 27, 1919 became the tipping point, and as a result led to a string of violent race riots across the United States.

Warm Water references the psychological racial constructs and the human state of the five teens during the event, as well as the paralleled combination of chemical/water properties when hot and cold elements are combined. It is also the unsolicited landmark of the lake where the teens nicknamed the spot, Hot and Cold. With these two diverse complexities, re-appropriated and re-narrated visual explorations attempt to strike a balance between both past and present, from an incident later marked in history as Red Summer.

Charles Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, SC, and holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA and an MFA at the University of North Carolina (UNCG) in Greensboro, NC. Creating compelling imagery in oils, video / film, and sound installations, Williams’s work investigates current, historical cultural events related to racism, and to suggestive stereotypes formed within individuals. His works define self–representation of human emotive responses that lie within cultural identity, and reveal tension to expose the complexities within our socio political environments. Through his visions, we are encouraged to engage in self-examination, to question false boundaries that separate us, and view the interconnectedness of our common existence.

Warm Water: New Works from Charles Williams
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  • January 11, 2019 to April 28, 2019
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
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