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Jonas Becker,

Jonas N.T. Becker is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects span photography, video installation, sculpture, and community engagement.  His work explores how beliefs form around specific sites and geographies. Becker is interested in these landscapes as an intersection of personal identity, cultural mythologies, and political power. Recent projects, Mountain is a Mountain and Better or Equal Use, focus on systems of value, monetary and otherwise, to question how intersectional operations of oppression are interwoven with the land. His projects link rural communities with urban centers that are geographically distant but socially and economically implicit. Becker’s work was recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and Actual Size Gallery, Los Angeles and published in the New Museum/MIT Press anthology Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility and Walls Turned Sideways which addressed the prison industrial complex.  Becker is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was born in Morgantown, WV, and lives in Chicago, IL.