Sep 22nd 2021

Parlor Room Presents: Tonika Johnson



Opening Wednesday, September 22nd, from 6PM - 7PM

Parlor Room Presents: Tonika Johnson, Social Justice Artist, South Side Chicago resident, and creator of the Folded Map™ Project.


About this event Parlor Room is a visiting-artists program by Graduate Students in the School of the Art Institute’s Photography Department. We bring in creatives and scholars actively contributing to the photography field for our cohort, photo department, and greater SAIC and Chicago community. Join us Wednesday, September 22nd 6:00 pm online for the first public event of the 2021-2022 series. Parlor Room presents Tonika Johnson for a conversation surrounding socially engaged practices and critical dialogues between local communities here in Chicago.

The presentation will be followed by Q&A moderated by Parlor Room Lecture Series Graduate Student curators. This event will be live captioned by CART. For additional requests, including ASL interpretation or audio description, visit

About Tonika Johnson:

Tonika Johnson is a photographer/social justice artist and 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 seek to reframe the narrative of South Side communities and mobilize people and resources for positive change. Within her artistic practice, Tonika often explores urban segregation and documents the nuance and richness of the black community, countering pervasive media depictions of Chicago’s violence and crime.

Her 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. Since 2018, Tonika has transformed Folded Map 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. 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.

*artist bio from Tonika’s website,

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