Inequity for Sale

Website, Graphics
Fall 2021

Inequity for Sale is an artistic, virtual, and physical exploration of homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50s and 60s, demonstrating how legalized theft in the past directly contributed to present inequity in Black communities. The project by Tonika Lewis Johnson includes 10 life-sized land markers, a website documenting the homes and stories of residents, a podcast, and virtual walking tour that connects this history with present-day conditions. In the spring of 2022, Johnson and podcast co-host Tiff Beatty performed a live podcast for npr’s WBEZ Chicago, with graphics designed by Studio Brazen.

This project has received extensive media coverage:
Block Club Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Crain’s Chicago Business, WBEZ Chicago