Parlor Room Presents: Tonika Johnson, Social Justice Artist, South Side Chicago resident, and creator of the Folded Map™ Project

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.
United States

Tonika Johnson is a photographer/social justice artist and life-long resident of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood. She is also co-founder of two community-based organizations, Englewood Arts Collective and Resident Association of Greater Englewood, that seek to reframe the narrative of South Side communities and mobilize people and resources for positive change. Within her artistic practice, Tonika often explores urban segregation and documents the nuance and richness of the black community, countering pervasive media depictions of Chicago’s violence and crime. Her Folded Map™ Project, visually connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides of Chicago. Most recently, she was selected to be the National Public Housing Museum's 2021 Artist as Instigator to work on her next project "Inequity for Sale," highlighting the living history of Greater Englewood homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50's and 60's.