Tonika is a visual artist/photographer from Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood. She was featured in Chicago Magazine as a 2017 Chicagoan of the Year for her photography of Englewood’s everyday beauty, countering its pervasive media coverage of poverty and crime. Her “Everyday Englewood,” photography was exhibited at Loyola University’s Museum of Art (LUMA) in early 2018. Her current project, Folded Map, that visually investigates disparities among Chicago residents while bringing them together to have a conversation, was also exhibited at LUMA in 2018 from July-October. Visit www.tonikaj.com to see more.

Project Description: The Folded Map project illuminates inequity and reveals how Chicago’s legacy of segregation has impacted neighborhoods today. It visually investigates disparities between Englewood and its corresponding North Side neighborhoods while bringing residents, who live on the same street but in opposite neighborhoods, together to have a conversation. To tell a fuller story about Chicago’s segregation and more accurately reflect the City’s landscape, Tonika will expand Folded Map to include addresses and residents from Chicago’s NorthWest and West Side neighborhoods.

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