TONIKA JOHNSON

Social Justice Artist/Photographer

TONIKA JOHNSON

Folded Map Project

Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map™ Project visually connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides of Chicago.* She investigates what urban segregation looks like and how it impacts Chicago residents. What started as a photographic study quickly evolved into a multimedia exploration with video interviews of residents. The project invites audiences to open a dialogue and question how we are all socially impacted by racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city. Her goal? For individuals to understand how our urban environment is structured and its impact on our social networks. She wants to challenge everyone to think about how change may be possible and to contribute to a solution.*This is an ongoing project, whereas more interviews, an interactive mapping, companion website and Chicago West Side study is in the works. View Folded Map’s website at www.foldedmapproject.com

Folded Map’s website is LIVE! https://www.foldedmapproject.com/

South Side, Englewood resident, Nanette, sitting with Wade on his porch in Chicago’s North Side neighborhood of Edgewater.

North Side, Edgewater neighborhood resident, Wade, in front of South Side resident, Nanette’s home in Englewood.

South Side, Englewood neighborhood resident Nanette on Northside resident, Wade’s porch in the Edgewater neighborhood.

6720 North Ashland

6720 South Ashland

What differences do you notice between intersections 6900 SOUTH Ashland and 6900 NORTH Ashland? #FoldedMap

Carmen lives 5600 SOUTH on Winchester Street

Brighid lives 6500 NORTH on Winchester Street

Brighid & Carmen meeting for the first time.

Jon and Paula lives 6400 NORTH on Hermitage Street

Maurice “Phatal” Perkins was raised 6500 SOUTH on Hermitage Street. His mother and family still lives there.

“Map Twins," Englewood resident Maurice "Phatal” Perkins and Rogers Park residents Paula Herrmann and her husband Jonathan Silverstein, visited Maurice in Englewood for a walk around his the blocks he grew up on.

“Map Twins," Englewood resident Maurice "Phatal” Perkins and Rogers Park residents Paula Herrmann and her husband Jonathan Silverstein, visited Maurice in Englewood for a walk around his the blocks he grew up on.

on September 29, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 Filter Photo Festival, Tonika Lewis Johnson discussed her Folded Map project with "Map Twins," Chicago residents who were photographed for the project.

Up Next:

New Folded Map segment on WBEZ