Folded Map – a solo exhibition of photographs and video by Tonika Johnson at Loyola University Museum of Art from July 3 – October 20, 2018. Tonika Lewis Johnson’s ongoing Folded Map project connects residents who live at corresponding addresses in the North and South Side neighborhoods of Chicago. By documenting architectural aspects of the neighborhoods and conversations between residents, Johnson demonstrates how a city of renowned institutions and robust tourism is also a city that struggles with issues of racial inequality and segregation.
PRESS – https://abc7chicago.com/society/folded-map-project-capturing-the-division-of-the-city/4154771/
Everyday Englewood – a solo exhibition of photographs by Tonika Johnson at Loyola University Museum of Art from Feb. 6th – June 2nd, 2018. In “Everyday Englewood” documentary photographer Tonika Lewis Johnson depicts the Englewood community in which she was raised, assertively challenging ongoing assumptions in her love letter to Chicago. Her photographs assert the divinity of regular people, the people we pass on the street, sit next to on the bus, see in the grocery store and affirm the sanctity of everyday Black existence even while unveiling the cosmology that guides and informs it.
PRESS – http://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/234976236-video