From the INside: a Photo-Poetical Ode to Englewood by Tonika Johnson, Poetry by Tara Betts on Exhibit at HWLC

Impoverished. Violent. Broken. These are some of the words used to describe Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood. However, this is not the Englewood that photographer Tonika Johnson experienced growing up there or currently sees with her camera lens.

In the exhibit From the INside, Johnson’s photography and poetry by Tara Betts and Meida McNeal combine to defy the negative perception of Englewood by celebrating the love and happiness that exist there.

From the INside is on display from April 1 through June 4 on the 8th floor of Harold Washington Library Center.

Tonika Johnson and Tara Betts will give an Artist Talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 in the Chicago Authors Room on the 7th floor of Harold Washington Library Center.