TONIKA JOHNSON

Photographer & Englewood Activist

TONIKA JOHNSON

Media Coverage

September 16, 2018 – ABC 7 Sunday News invited Tonika Johnson to their studios for a live interview about her Folded Map project. Click the following link to view the full interview – https://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/folded-map-project-puts-chicagos-inequalities-on-display/4243730/

September 4, 2018 – Tonika Johnson was interviewed on Channel ABC 7's Windy City Live about her Folded Map project. She was joined on the show with her first Folded Map "Map Twins," Englewood resident, Nanette and Edgewater resident, Wade. Link to story here – https://abc7chicago.com/society/folded-map-project-capturing-the-division-of-the-city/4154771/

Tonika Johnson and Loyola University Museum of Art’s curator Natasha Ritsma sat down together to talk to Bad At Sports about Folded Map, how they met, plus other things. Click the following link to read the full transcribed conversation: http://badatsports.com/2018/tonika-johnson-and-natasha-ritsma/

September 25, 2018 – Non-profit, online arts publication and archiving initiative, Sixty Inches From Center, featured their interview with Tonika. Click the following link to read the complaete conversation: http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/tonika-l-johnson-uses-visual-activism-to-combat-distorted-truth/

September 12, 2018 – Loyola University featured their interview with Tonika Johnson about her Folded Map exhibition on their website and alumni magazine. Reda more here – https://luc.edu/foldedmap/

September 10, 2018 – Online journalism & storytelling publication, A Beautiful Perspective, featured an article about Tonika Johnson and her Folded Map project. Read complete article at the following link – https://abeautifulperspective.com/2018/09/in-racially-divided-chicago-map-twins-break-down-barriers/

August 30, 2018 – Keith Johnson of WBBM News Radio interviews Tonika Johnson about Folded Map. Click link to listen to the interview and read the story: https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/newsmaker-making-difference-tonika-johnson-folded-map-project

August 30, 2018 – CITYLAB featured Folded Map and included quotes from acclaimed socialogist and authot of Black Picket Fences, Mary Pattillo as well as Folded Map’s first Map twin, Wade Wilson and Nanette Tucker. Click link to read full article: https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/08/folded-map-twins-chicago-south-side-segregation/568903/

August 26, 2018 – Chicago Magazine interviews Tonika Johnson about her Folded Map project, what she hopes it accomplishes, and her future plans to expand it. Click the following link to read the complete interview: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2018/Tonika-Johnson-Bridges-Neighborhoods-to-Break-Down-Walls-of-Segregation/

August 26, 2018 – Photographer Yvette Meltzer interviews Tonika Johnson about her artistic process, her childhood in Englewood, and how her work is only one aspect of her community activism. Read the full story here: http://lenscratch.com/2018/08/photographers-on-photographers-yvette-meltzer-on-tonika-lewis-johnson/

August 14, 2018 – VICE media covers the impact and significance of Tonika’s photography of her home, Englewood. Read the complete story at the following link: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vbjzzd/these-powerful-images-of-chicagos-south-side-are-filled-with-love

August 14, 2018 – Tonika’s Folded Map project is a feature article on the website of Next City, a non-profit organization witha mission to inspire social, economic, and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. You can read the full article by clikcing the following link: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/chicago-segregation-mapping-project-makes-real-life-connections

August 7, 2018 – Tonika Johnson spoke to Kevin Coval on WGN’s Cornerstore Podcast about documenting Englewood, her Folded Map exhibit at Loyola University Museum of Art, and countering the dominant and problematic narrative of Englewood with her photography. Click the following link to listen to the full conversation: https://wgnradio.com/2018/08/07/tonika-johnson-documenting-englewood-telling-a-broader-story-of-chicago-and-more/

July 5, 2018 – ABC 7 Chicago interviewed Tonika Johnson about her Folded Map exhibition at Loyola University Museum of Art until October 20th! Click the link to watch the full video: http://abc7chicago.com/society/art-exhibit-looks-at-chicago-segregation-in-new-way/3712630/

June 20, 2018 – Tonika Johnson catches a ride with Fox 32's Anthony Ponce on Backseat Rider to discuss her Folded Map project opening at Loyola University Museum of Art July 3rd and running until October 20th! Click the link to watch the full video: http://www.fox32chicago.com/backseat-rider/341606371-video

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 – Tonika Johnson’s #FoldedMap project was the cover story of The Chicago Tribune. Click here to read the full article online – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-folded-map-project-chicago-20180521-story.html

June 8th, 2018 – Newsy features Tonika’s Folded Map Project. Click the following link to view video: https://www.newsy.com/stories/artist-s-folded-map-project-aims-to-break-down-barriers/

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – U.S. News & World Report writes about #FoldedMap online. Click here for full article: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-05-26/chicago-photographers-project-shows-disparities-in-the-city

May 23rd, 2018 – Tonika Johnson discusses her #FoldedMap project on WBEZ’s Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. Click here to listen: https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/folded-map-project-addresses-segregation-in-chicago/0bd42eb0-2aa8-4acb-b11e-5249b0902805

Saturday, May 12th, 2018 – Tonika Johnson discusses her #FoldedMap project on WGN Radio’s Outside The Loop show. Click here to listen at the 18:53 time mark.

Saturday, May 12th, Tonika Johnson discusses her #FoldedMap project on WGN Radio’s Outside The Loop show. Click here to listen at the 18:53 time mark. http://wgnradio.com/2018/05/12/otl-604-chicago-mini-maker-faire-the-folded-map-project-the-secret-history-of-the-weaker-sex/

Tonika’s "Everyday #Englewood," photo "Her Name is Yoshi," (16x20, edition 3/10) will be included in Filter Photo’s annual Cocktail Reception & Print Raffle fundraiser, Thursday, April 19th at The Boarding House. To attend, purchase tickets at http://filterphoto.org/cocktail-reception-and-print-raffle/

March 1, 2018 National Geographic https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2018/march/women-photographers-african-diaspora/ Tonika Johnson’s photo from her "Everyday Rituals," Englewood-based photography project was featured in National Geographic’s article about MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

January 24, 2018 The JAM TV

Tonika Johnson’s photography of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood are included in the historic and groundbreaking book, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora that features 118 photographers from across the globe. http://mfonfoto.org/

With her exhibit Everyday Rituals: Bridging the Black Secular and Divine, Chicago based photographer Tonika Johnson aims to subvert the national narrative of the Englewood community as a crime riddled war zone. Johnson believes that Black culture has always been reflected in everyday things like going to the barbershop or preparing food, but outsiders don’t always see it that way. Tonika Johnson spoke with Jesse Menendez about how ‘Everyday Rituals’ captures the beauty of regular life in Englewood. The Morning AMp airs M-F 8-10 AM on 91.1 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and streaming at www.vocalo.org

VOCALO: In our monthly ongoing series, This Is What Chicago Sounds Like, we feature voices and people who contribute to our city’s rich cultural diversity. In this episode we highlight photographer and creator of the Everyday Rituals exhibition, Tonika Johnson.

WTTW Chicago Tonight (July 10, 2017)

http://www.pbs.org/video/3002656320/

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