APA Chicago Photographer Series: Tonika Lewis Johnson

Wed 12th May, 2021 – 11:00am–12:00pm

By APA Admin in Chicago


Wed 12th May, 2021

11 am Central




Biopic of Tonika Lewis Johnson

Photographer/social justice artist Tonika Lewis Johnson

Tonika Lewis Johnson is a photographer/social justice artist and a life-long resident of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood. Tonika's presentation will be centered around a few of her major projects including the Folded Map Project with a 5-minute clip about it, projection projects in Englewood, and her latest project "Inequity for Sale".

What you’ll learn:
Getting personal projects off the ground
How to blend social justice into all of your work
Learn to develop key insights to enhance your project

Who should attend:
Photographers, historians, people interested in social justice, budding media makers, social media managers, and visual artists should attend.

Schedule (Central time):
11:00 a.m. Welcome + Speaker introductions
11:05 a.m. Tonika Lewis Johnson presentation
11:40 a.m. Moderated discussion: Tonika Lewis Johnson + Alyce Henson (APA Chicago)
12:00 p.m Your turn to ask! Q&A

This webinar is free and open to the public on Zoom.

Speaker Bio:
Tonika Lewis Johnson is a photographer/social justice artist and a life-long resident of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood. She is also co-founder of two community-based organizations, Englewood Arts Collective and Resident Association of Greater Englewood, that mobilize people and resources for positive change in Greater Englewood. Her multi-media project titled "Folded Map" that illustrates Chicago's residential segregation while bringing residents together to have a conversation, was exhibited at Loyola University's Museum of Art in 2018. Since then she has transformed this project into an advocacy and policy-influencing tool that invites audiences to open a dialogue and question how we are all socially impacted by racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city. She recently formalized the Folded Map project into a non-profit organization where she serves as the Creative Executive Officer. She is also a member of the Cultural Advisory Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events by the Chicago City Council and was named one of Field Foundation’s Leaders for a New Chicago in 2019. Most recently, she was selected to be the National Public Housing Museum's 2021 Artist as Instigator to work on her next project "Inequity for Sale," highlighting the living history of Greater Englewood homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50's and 60's.

Twitter Hashtags & Handles

  • @APA_Chicago
  • @tonikagj
  • #FoldedMap
  • #apachicagopix

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