100 Miles in Chicagoland (2019)
During October 2019, I am conducting a series of walking performances that witness the histories of settler colonialism, racial segregation, and class exploitation that shape the Chicago region to this day.
The walks trace the path of trails created by indigenous peoples for complex networks of trade and travel long before settlers came. Today’s roads cut through neighborhoods with distinctive characters of race and class, produced by decades of deliberate policies around housing, land use, economic development, immigration, and the environment.
While walking, I wear a traditional Korean dress made from denim, an all-American fabric imbued with the history of slavery in cotton and indigo, to mark my various identities as a Korean female, an immigrant, a settler, and an “American.”
Five walks of 20 miles each will be conducted —
Wednesday October 2: Vincennes
Wednesday October 9: Ogden/Plainfield
Wednesday October 16: Lake
Wednesday October 23: Elston/Milwaukee
Wednesday October 30: Clark/Ridge/Green Bay
Research and notes posted @jeeyeun on Instagram.