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Photos: Brandon Fields 

Black Metropolis

Collage Workshop

The rich history of Bronzeville, the “Black Metropolis” - combined with the speculative futures of the surrounding megadevelopments (Obama Presidential Center and Michael Reese Site) have inspired the creation of each piece in this room. Many of the works are made on found wooden objects that I discovered in empty lots in the neighborhood. In this former art classroom, you are invited to make your own collage. How does your neighborhood inspire you?


Ladipo Famodu is a researcher, artist, and futurist. He has a background in chemistry and works as a researcher at Ozinga, a ready mix concrete company in Chicago. Born in Minnesota, he moved to Chicago in 2015 after receiving his bachelor’s degree. Upon learning about the history of Chicago, he began to understand the forces that shaped inequitable manifestations in the built environment. This led to his discovery of Theaster Gates and his work in the Washington Park neighborhood of which he admires. He moved to the Bronzeville neighborhood in 2016 where he currently resides. He is interested in projects that creatively utilize vacant spaces and catalyze positive change and equitable development.


Project Team:

Ladipo Famodu


Photo: Ladipo Famodu


Photo: Ladipo Famodu


Photo: Ladipo Famodu


Photo: Ladipo Famodu

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