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Folded Map project illustrates the impact of Chicago's historic segregation while bringing residents together for a conversation.
271 backers pledged $20,220 to help bring this project to life.

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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.   

South Side Englewood resident, Nanette, sitting on the porch of North Side Edgewater resident, Wade.
South Side Englewood resident, Nanette, sitting on the porch of North Side Edgewater resident, Wade.

 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:    

ABC Channel 7 News interviewing me inside Folded Map's exhibition space at Loyola University Museum of Art on July 5th.
ABC Channel 7 News interviewing me inside Folded Map's exhibition space at Loyola University Museum of Art on July 5th.

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:  

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. 

THANK YOU FOR READING! Please support and send to a friend!
 

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!

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    Social media shout-out

    I can't thank you enough for donating to Folded Map. I'll be giving you a shout-out on my social media channels.

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    Folded Map 5x7 postcards (set of 6)

    Your support means the world to me. I'll be sending you 5x7 Folded Map postcards as a token of appreciation.

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    Englewood Ambassador Package #2

    Take a piece of Englewood with you! Receive a specialty Englewood branded t-shirt, Folded Map 5x7 postcards and be listed as an official supporter on Folded Map's future website.

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    • Folded Map 5x7 Postcards
    • Englewood Branded Specialty T-Shirt
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    Englewood Ambassador Package

    Take a piece of Folded Map with you - with your contribution you will receive a signed, 8x10 in., print set of a Folded Map address pair featured in the exhibition.

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    • Englewood Branded Specialty T-Shirt
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    Folded Map Talk with Tonika

    Want to learn more about Folded Map from Tonika herself? Invite Tonika to talk at your event, your class or group for up 90mins about Folded Map and the issues it addresses. (Limited to the Chicagoland area) Scheduling starts in November, 2018.

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    Folded Map 16x20 Print Set

    Since Folded Map's opening July 6th, it has received a whirlwind of media attention due to its significance and unique demonstration of Chicago's history of segregation. Folded Map exhibition at Loyola University Museum of Art closes October 20th and while Tonika works to find another exhibition space for Folded Map afterwards, you can be one of the few owners of a limited edition 16x20, archival pigment print set of an address pair featured in Folded Map's exhibition.

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    Private Englewood Tour with Tonika

    Growing up and still living in Englewood deeply shaped Tonika's personal observations of Chicago's segregation and its resulting inequities that informed her creation of Folded Map. Tonika will take you and a guest on an intimate tour of her home including landmarks, a visit to the block she grew up on as well as a meal at one her favorite places.

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    • Framed, 16x20 "Everyday Englewood," exhibition print
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