WHAT IS FOLDED MAP?
Chicago is known as one of the most segregated cities in the country — and that disconnect can sow prejudice, fear, and misunderstandings. I decided to explore that segregation through photography and video with my “Folded Map” project that brings people from opposite ends of the same street, in different neighborhoods, to meet and get to know one another.
WHY DID YOU CREATE FOLDED MAP ANYWAY?
My whole life has led up to the “Folded Map” project. I grew up in Chicago's South Side neighborhood, Englewood; attended Lane Technical College Prep High School on the North Side while still living in Englewood; later, I moved to Chicago's North Side neighborhood, Edgewater, for a while, then returned to Englewood where I still live now. So I've experienced of the city’s segregation and resulting disparities between North and South Side neighborhoods firsthand. My lifelong observations motivated me to create "Folded Map," which is a visual investigation of Chicago’s communities, using its grid map system to identify mirroring points of the city and directly compare photographs and videos of North and South Side blocks, such as the 6900 block of North Ashland in Rogers Park and the 6900 block of South Ashland in West Englewood. I just wanted to reveal this inequity and being an artist and a photographer, I thought of a way that would be visually captivating for people to understand how Chicago’s legacy of segregation has impacted the neighborhoods today.
Now, Folded Map is exhibited at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) through October 20th and has been featured in:
- The Chicago Tribune on May 21st
- The Chicago Sun-Times also on May 21st
- WBEZ's Morning Shift on May 23rd
- U.S. News & World Report May 26th
- Fox 32's Backseat Rider on June 20th
- ABC Channel 7 News on July 5th
- WGN Radio's Cornerstore Podcast on August 7th
- VICE on August 14th
- Chicago Magazine, August 27th
- ABC Channel 7's Windy City LIVE! - Sept. 4th
HOW TO HELP
My goal is to widely expand the scope of Folded Map by interviewing 12 more “map twins” and create a permanent digital home for Folded Map, which will endure as a tool to critically examine American cities from a new perspective. I believe it is important for this project to exist beyond a brick-and-mortar location (such as LUMA) and have an online presence because all of the issues and inequities highlighted in this Chicago-based project also exist in other urban areas.
To achieve its full potential, I need your help to create a customized website for Folded Map that can support its multimedia elements as well as beautifully juxtapose the images of featured resident pairs, also known as "map twins." Photographing more address pairs, interviewing residents, taking their portraits and creating a Folded Map website will take time, more efficient equipment, and financial support. $13,000 is the bare minimum I need to continue. Just click on the video above or see the sidebar to the right to get the full breakdown of the gifts you will receive as a supporter of Folded Map's future.
Below are a few essential items your contributions will help me secure:
- Tascam Audio Recorder with Lavaliers
- Customized Folded Map website ($5,000 value)
- D850 Nikon Full Frame Camera with Video
- (2) External Hard Drive
- (3) 64GB Memory Cards
All funds OVER my goal will still go toward the continued production of Folded Map & its reward costs, plus help me build seed capital for expanding the reach of its future iterations and creation of a Folded Map curriculum.
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Risks and challenges
With Kickstarter, if I don't meet the minimum, I get nothing, so to be safe, I set my goal at the lowest possible number needed to continue Folded Map and start its website. Since last year, I have made significant financial sacrifices to create Folded Map including going part-time at my full-time employment as well as borrowing video and audio equipment from my friends at City Bureau plus having my wonderful friend, Juliet Dervin, donate her videography and editing services. PLEASE, DON'T be discouraged to pledge just because I hit my goal. Many other Kickstarter projects go over their funding goal because people believe in them & what they will do. If YOU believe in me and the continued impact of Folded Map, don't hesitate! I will greatly appreciate all the *extra* help I can get!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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