Thanks to the generous contributions of community members and friends, as well as a separate donation from the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Columbia College Chicago, the alma mater of Akito Tsuda, Cultura in Pilsen reached its Indiegogo Fundraiser Goals to make this project possible and we are moving forward with PILSEN DAYS in Chicago!
After more than 20 years, Akito return to Pilsen to share with the community a new book of photography and an exhibit. In a time of cultural erasure and displacement, highlighting the history and beauty of the neighborhood and its people is as important as ever.
ABOUT AKITO TSUDA
Born in Hamamatsu, Japan, Akito Tsuda first arrived to Chicago in 1990 while a student at Columbia College. As a newcomer in a foreign place, he felt at home with and was particularly fascinated by the Pilsen community. From 1991 to his departure from the city in 1994, Akito regularly visited Pilsen, taking photos of everyday life out in the neighborhood and being invited into people’s homes to capture more intimate portraits. For over two decades these photos remained relatively unseen until last year, when some of them began surfacing on social media. After an overwhelming positive response and connection to the historical photos, Akito decided to print a book of this photography as a tribute to his wonderful experiences with people in the neighborhood.
ABOUT CULTURA IN PILSEN
Cultura in Pilsen is a space that celebrates the diverses art and culture of Chicago Latin@s, inspiring dialogue and positive change; the organization was formed by contratiempo and Gozamos in 2014 to bring even more vitality to bilingual Latin@ cultural activities of the city.