Jonas Becker

Jonas 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. Becker’s most recent projects focus on rural America, questioning what is “natural” and the relationship between humans, technology, and the environment.

Jonas Becker was born in Morgantown, WV, and lives and works Chicago, IL. He has exhibited internationally, most recently in solo shows at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, LAXART, Actual Size gallery, and Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, and the Lancaster Museum of Art & History. Residencies include the Heart of Los Angeles, Montalvo Arts Center, and Saas-Fee Summer Institute. Grants include the Berman Foundation, Center for Global Peace Studies, and Nazarian Foundation and Six Points Fellowship. Becker is founding director of the Mobile Pinhole Project, an organization that uses a giant, mobile pinhole camera to bring photography workshops to children in neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Becker holds an MFA from UC Irvine and a BA from Smith College, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at The School of the Art Institute Chicago.