Tonika Johnson Lecture

Tuesday, November 30, 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.

This event will occur in Central Time.

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Tonika Johnson is a photographer, social justice artist and life-long resident of Chicago's South Side neighborhood of Englewood whose art often explores urban segregation. Johnson's acclaimed Folded Map project visually investigates disparities among "map twins"–Chicago resident who live on opposite ends of the same street across the city's racial and economic divides–and brings them together to have a conversation. Folded Map debuted as an exhibition at Loyola University Museum of Art in 2018. Since then, Johnson has transformed Folded Map into an advocacy and policy-influencing tool that invites audiences to open a dialogue about how we are all socially impacted by racial and institutional conditions that segregate Chicago. In 2020, Johnson formalized Folded Map into a nonprofit organization, where she serves as creative executive officer. She is also co-founder of the Englewood Arts Collective and Resident Association of Greater Englewood, which seek to reframe the narrative of South Side communities, and mobilize people and resources for positive change. Currently, Johnson is working on her newest project: Inequality for Sale, which highlights the living history of Greater Englewood homes sold on land sale contracts in the '50s and '60s. You can learn more about her projects at

Prior to the lecture, please click here to view an animated film about the Folded Map project. Password: Empathy2020

This lecture is supported by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series in SAIC's Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.