Tonika Johnson

Social Justice Artist/Photographer
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Tonika Lewis Johnson, a visual artist and photographer from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Her work explores themes related to racial segregation and inequality, while documenting the nuance and richness of the Black urban life and culture. Her talent and visionary art projects have earned her accolades in Chicago and beyond.   Her ongoing project, Folded Map, visually interrogates the disparities that exist among Chicago residents, while at the same time bringing them together to talk, compare experiences and explore solutions. Johnson has transformed this documentary project into an advocacy and policy-influencing tool. In 2019, she was named one of Field Foundation’s “Leaders for a New Chicago,” and most recently, she was appointed as a member of the Cultural Advisory Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events by the Chicago City Council.